Tim Berners-Lee wins 2016 ACM A M Turing Award

Apr 10, 2017 12:09 IST

Tim Berners-LeeSir Tim Berners-Lee in the first week of in April 2017 was honoured with the 2016 ACM A M Turing Award.

Berners-Lee received the 2016 Turing Award "for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale".

The computer scientist is one of the world’s most influential voices for online privacy and government transparency.

About Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee is an English computer scientist.

He is best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.

In November 1989, he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet.

He is the holder of the founders chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

In 2004, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work.

He has also been named in Time magazine's list of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century.

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About ACM A.M. Turing Award

The ACM A.M. Turing Award is an annual prize given by the Association for Computing Machinery to "an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community".

It is generally recognized as the highest distinction in computer science and the "Nobel Prize of computing".

The honour is named after Alan Turing, a British mathematician and reader in mathematics at the University of Manchester.

From 2007 to 2013, the award was accompanied by a prize of USD 250000 with financial support provided by Intel and Google. Since 2014, the award has been accompanied by a prize of USD 1 million, with financial support provided by Google.

The first recipient of the award was Alan Perlis. The first female recipient was Frances E. Allen, who was honoured in 2006.

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