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ACM's Turing Award Prize Raised to $1 Million


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Stuart Feldman and Alexander L. Wolf

Stuart Feldman (left), VP of Engineering at Google Inc., and ACM President Alexander L. Wolf at the November 13 press conference in New York City announcing Google's million-dollar funding of the ACM A.M. Turing Award.

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On November 13, 2014, ACM announced the funding level for the ACM A.M. Turing Award is now $1 million. Google Inc. will provide all funding for this award, recognized as the highest honor in computer science and often referred to as the field's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

The new amount is four times its previous level. The cash award, which goes into effect with the 2014 ACM Turing Award to be announced early next year, reflects the escalating impact of computing on daily life through the innovations and technologies it enables. The new level is also intended to raise the Turing Award's visibility as the premier recognition of computer scientists and engineers who have made contributions of lasting and major technical importance to the computing field.

"The Turing Award is now funded at the monetary level of the world's most prestigious cultural and scientific awards and prizes," said ACM President Alexander L. Wolf. "With the generous support of Google, we can celebrate the mainstream role of computing in transforming the world and the way we communicate, connect, shop, and socialize. We can also commemorate the pioneering, fundamental contributions of our ACM Turing Award recipients in advancing computing as a science and a profession." Wolf is a professor in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London.


Alexander L. Wolf, ACM President: "The Turing Award is now funded at the monetary level of the world's most prestigious cultural and scientific awards and prizes."


Stuart Feldman, Vice President of Engineering at Google Inc., said "Google is proud to support ACM's Turing Award. We think it's important to recognize when people make fundamental contributions in computer science, and we want to help ACM raise awareness of these innovators and the contributions they have made to the world."

Since its inception in 1966, ACM's Turing Award has honored the computer scientists and engineers who created the systems and underlying theoretical foundations that have propelled the information technology industry. The award is named for Alan Turing, the British mathematician who laid the foundation for today's always-on, interconnected world. Turing envisioned the power of the thinking machine, leading the way to innovations that changed the world: programmable computers, mobile devices, cryptology, artificial intelligence, robotics, genomics, and the philosophy of science.

The 2014 Turing Award will be presented at the ACM Awards Banquet in the spring of 2015. For more information about the award and its previous recipients, please visit http://amturing.acm.org/.

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UF1Figure. (Left) Stuart Feldman, VP of Engineering at Google Inc., and ACM President Alexander L. Wolf at the November 13 press conference in New York City announcing Google's million-dollar funding of the ACM A.M. Turing Award.

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