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1:06pm on Sunday, 16th November, 2014:

## Award Winners

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I've been aware of Alan Turing's work since my undergraduate days (Essex University's founding Professor of Computer Science, Tony Brooker, knew him). Because of this, I've also been aware of the Turing Award, which thanks to Google is now on a par with the Nobel Prize in terms of prize money at $1,000,000. It's a bit sad that the mathematical equivalent, the Fields Medal, comes with a prize valued at roughly a 75^{th} of the Turing Award's, but that's what happens when there are no multi-billionaire mathematics companies out there to fund it.

Anyway, because it was recently in the news, I wondered how many names of Turing Award's winners I recognised. Here's the full list of those I've heard of (ones in brackets being joint winners I haven't heard of but I've heard of the other one):

1966 | | Alan J. Perlis |

1967 | | Maurice Wilkes |

1969 | | Marvin Minsky |

1971 | | John McCarthy |

1972 | | Edsger W. Dijkstra |

1974 | | Donald E. Knuth |

1975 | | Allen Newell and Herbert A. Simon |

1976 | | Michael O. Rabin and Dana S. Scott |

1977 | | John Backus |

1980 | | C. Antony R. Hoare |

1981 | | Edgar F. Codd |

1983 | | Ken Thompson and Dennis M. Ritchie |

1984 | | Niklaus Wirth |

1991 | | Robin Milner |

1993 | | (Juris Hartmanis and) Richard E. Stearns |

1994 | | Edward Feigenbaum and Raj Reddy |

1997 | | Douglas Engelbart |

2001 | | (Ole-Johan Dahl and) Kristen Nygaard |

2002 | | (Ronald L. Rivest, Adi Shamir and) Leonard M. Adleman |

2003 | | Alan Kay |

2004 | | Vinton G. Cerf and Robert E. Kahn |

2005 | | Peter Naur |

2011 | | Judea Pearl |

That's 23 years I've known a winner from, out of the 48 years that it's been awarded. I should probably look up one of the others so I can claim to know who they are and can make it a round half. I've actually met Wilkes, Dijkstra, Hoare and Milner, not that they'd remember me (especially the dead ones).

I note that none of the winners are game developers. This is probably just as well, given that if they did hand a Turing Award to a game developer it would probably go to someone who already has a million dollars.

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