Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Mar 2010 17:25 UTC
In the News Earlier this week, it was time for the Association for Computing Machinery, ACM, to announce the winner of the 2009 Turing Award, one of the more prestigious prices in the computing industry. The award was awarded to Charles P. Thacker; a name you might not recognise, but certainly one that has influenced the world of computing a great deal.
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RE[2]: Another PARC winner
by Adurbe on Thu 11th Mar 2010 22:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Another PARC winner"
Adurbe
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2005-07-06

What about Linus Torvold? Has he not had a lasting effect?
Robert M. McCool (created apache web server) Has he not had a lasting effect?
How about the chaps that worked on and designed USB? This effectively unified the peripheral industry.


These are 'modern era' creations/creators all created in the 90s which have clearly had a long term effect on the industry as a whole.

Why are these people not honoured?

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RE[3]: Another PARC winner
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 11th Mar 2010 23:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Another PARC winner"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Why are these people not honoured?


Because you can only award the Turing Award once a year?

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RE[3]: Another PARC winner
by strcpy on Fri 12th Mar 2010 03:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Another PARC winner"
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20

What about Linus Torvold? Has he not had a lasting effect?
Robert M. McCool (created apache web server) Has he not had a lasting effect?


How about Bill Gates? Has he not had a lasting effect? ;)

Jokes aside, I think the merits of Torvalds are more in organizing and management of the kernel community, not in technological breakthroughs, algorithms or math, and so forth. If you look at the past recipients, most of them are academics. Which I think is a good thing.

Edited 2010-03-12 03:50 UTC

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