Dale Lear, one of the founding members of the Rhino development team, will be retiring on August 31, 2021. Dale has been the head mathematician and chief scientist since joining McNeel in 1993. Dale has contributed to the core NURBS and mesh geometry libraries in Rhino; designed the application architecture for the from-scratch rewrite of Rhino 3; designed and maintained the Rhino 3dm file format; contributed to many of the core geometry tools in Rhino including Sweeps, Loft, NetworkSrf; Universal Deformation Technology; water-tight meshing of NURBS geometry; SubD geometry and modeling tools; and has contributed to many many other features.
Dale has consistently reminded me to slow down and do work well, rather than rushing to get something out. He also is able to understand customer needs and hopes, and translate them into wizard-level math programming that solves the problem.
Dale has a great sense of humor, which has contributed to the naming of several prototype features: Elmo, ElmoSrf, Splop, and Sporph are among my favorites.
Please let Dale know how much his work means to you, and help me wish him well on his next adventure.
Dale, thank you for many great years of working with us!