Alan Turing

Google quadruples ‘Nobel Prize in Computing’ award to $1m

Pictured: Alan Turing. Image: Wikipedia

14 November 2014

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced that its annual AM Turing Award, sometimes called the Nobel Prize in Computing, will now come with a $1 million award courtesy of Google.

Previously, the award came with a $250,000 prize funded by Google and Intel.

The award, which goes to “an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community,” is generally given out in February or March. This year’s winner was Microsoft Research principal Leslie Lambert, a distributed computing wrangler.

Other winners have included Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf, chief Internet evangelist for Google and immediate past president of the ACM.

The AMC says that the quadrupled prize value “reflects the escalating impact of computing on daily life through the innovations and technologies it enables. The new level is also intended to raise the Turing Award’s visibility as the premier recognition of computer scientists and engineers who have made contributions of lasting and major technical importance to the computing field”.

This enables the Turing Award to blow past award purses of some other major honors, such as the Japan Prize, which this past year was worth $481,000 to a fibre optics researcher.

The annual TED Prize for social entrepreneurship isn’t necessarily tech related, but has been, and is worth $1 million also. Finland’s Millennium Technology Prize (won by Tim Berners-Lee in 2004) is worth €1 million but is only given out every other year.


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