Peter Symes gained his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in 1967 and began his career in television in the engineering department of the British Broadcasting Corporation. He worked in product management for Philips and Central Dynamics before joining Grass Valley. From 1983 to 2007 he held a number of positions with responsibilities that include strategic planning, intellectual property, and technological liaison. He represented Grass Valley in many organizations including the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) where he served two terms as Engineering Vice President and one as Financial Vice President. In July 2007 he left Grass Valley to join SMPTE staff as Director of Standards & Engineering.
Symes holds patents and is the joint recipient of Emmy awards for the architecture of the digital picture processor. He is a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and a Fellow of SMPTE.
He has written and presented numerous papers at industry conferences, and is the author of Video Compression (1998), Video Compression Demystified (2001), and Digital Video Compression (2003), all published by McGraw Hill. He has also contributed to other books, including Understanding Digital Cinema (Focal Press, 2004) and two editions of the NAB Engineering Handbook.