The Association for Computing Machinery or ACM announced that the 2016 Turing Award will be going to Tim Berners-Lee, the co-creator of the World Wide Web. This is considered one of the most important distinctions in the area and is often named the Nobel Prize for the computing industry.
According to the Association, this will be awarded based on quite a wide variety of reasons. Tim Berners-Lee is considered as the inventor of the “www” as he set up its basics. Also, at the same time, although simple, this system was also considered quite an elegant method.
Also, Berners-Lee advanced some of the simplest and easiest to implement URLs and URIs. At the same time, he placed the HTML at the heart of the web. This is a useful feature for anyone trying to publish data in a practical format.
The 2016 Turing Award Will Come With Both Honors And A Cash Prize
The Turing Award is presented annually by the ACM, and it was named in honor of Alan Turing, the British scientist and mathematician. It is awarded to individuals that have achieved “major contributions of lasting importance to computing”. Besides being an honorific distinction, it also comes with a $1 million prize, which is offered courtesy of Google.
Tim Berners-Lee is the recipient of quite a number of important awards. Besides them, the British-born pioneer was knighted back in 2003. He first introduced his web idea back in 1989. At the time, he presented it as a method through which scientists could share information all across the globe.
“Although this doesn’t seem that long ago, it is hard to imagine the world without Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention.” This is according to Vicki L. Hanson the ACM President.
The 2016 Turing Award will be presented during the ACM annual banquet which will be taking place on June 24th in San Francisco.
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