Bill Kovacs, a computer animation pioneer and Academy Award winner, died May 30 of stroke complications in Camarillo, Calif. He was 56.Kovacs co-founded Wavefront Technologies in the early 1980s, which produced a groundbreaking, off-the-shelf software product that allowed all kinds of firms to create animation. In 1997, he shared the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award with Roy Hall. They were recognized for their roles in developing Wavefront’s Advanced Visualizer computer graphics system. He is survived by his partner, Kathy Salyer.