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New ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award


Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker.

ACM's new biennial Charles P. Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award will recognize scientists "who have made a surprising or disruptive leapfrog in computing ideas or technologies."

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ACM has established a new biennial award for a surprising or disruptive breakthrough in computing concepts or technologies.

The award is named in honor of Charles P. Thacker, 2009 recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, who designed the Alto, the first modern personal computer with a mouse and graphical user interface, and played key roles in the development of Ethernet, the first laser printer, and the hardware of Microsoft's Tablet PC.

ACM says the Charles P. Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award, which includes a prize of $100,000 thanks to financial support provided by Microsoft, is open to "candidates who have made a surprising or disruptive leapfrog in computing ideas or technologies."

Microsoft says the award is designed to honor "Thacker's pioneering contributions to computing, considered by the community to have propelled the world in the early 1970s from a visionary idea to the reality of modern personal computing, providing people with an early glimpse of how computing would deeply influence us all."

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