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1:06pm on Sunday, 16th November, 2014:
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 75th 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|
|1972||Edsger W. Dijkstra|
|1974||Donald E. Knuth|
|1975||Allen Newell and Herbert A. Simon|
|1976||Michael O. Rabin and Dana S. Scott|
|1980||C. Antony R. Hoare|
|1981||Edgar F. Codd|
|1983||Ken Thompson and Dennis M. Ritchie|
|1993||(Juris Hartmanis and) Richard E. Stearns|
|1994||Edward Feigenbaum and Raj Reddy|
|2001||(Ole-Johan Dahl and) Kristen Nygaard|
|2002||(Ronald L. Rivest, Adi Shamir and) Leonard M. Adleman|
|2004||Vinton G. Cerf and Robert E. Kahn|
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