Turing Award

ACM Turing Award
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Awarded forOutstanding contributions in computer science
CountryUnited States
Presented byAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Reward(s)US $1,000,000[1]
First awarded1966 (1966)
Last awarded2021

The ACM A. M. Turing Award is an annual prize given by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for contributions of lasting and major technical importance to computer science.[2] It is generally recognized as the highest distinction in computer science and is colloquially known as or often referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing".[3][4][5][6]

The award is named after Alan Turing, who was a British mathematician and reader in mathematics at the University of Manchester. Turing is often credited as being the key founder of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.[7] From 2007 to 2013, the award was accompanied by an additional prize of US$250,000, with financial support provided by Intel and Google.[2] Since 2014, the award has been accompanied by a prize of US$1 million, with financial support provided by Google.[1][8]

The first recipient, in 1966, was Alan Perlis, of Carnegie Mellon University. The first female recipient was Frances E. Allen of IBM in 2006.[9] The latest recipient, in 2021, is Jack Dongarra, of the University of Tennessee.

  1. ^ a b Cacm Staff (2014). "ACM's Turing Award prize raised to $1 million". Communications of the ACM. 57 (12): 20. doi:10.1145/2685372.
  2. ^ a b "A. M. Turing Award". ACM. Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved November 5, 2007.
  3. ^ Dasgupta, Sanjoy; Papadimitriou, Christos; Vazirani, Umesh (2008). Algorithms. McGraw-Hill. p. 317. ISBN 978-0-07-352340-8.
  4. ^ Bibliography of Turing Award lectures, DBLP
  5. ^ Geringer, Steven (July 27, 2007). "ACM'S Turing Award Prize Raised To $250,000". ACM press release. Archived from the original on December 30, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2008.
  6. ^ Brown, Bob (June 6, 2011). "Why there's no Nobel Prize in Computing". Network World. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  7. ^ Homer, Steven and Alan L. (2001). Computability and Complexity Theory. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-387-95055-6. Retrieved November 5, 2007.
  8. ^ "ACM's Turing Award Prize Raised to $1 Million". ACM. Archived from the original on November 23, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  9. ^ "First Woman to Receive ACM Turing Award" (Press release). The Association for Computing Machinery. February 21, 2007. Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. Retrieved November 5, 2007.

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