- Computer Pioneer Award
The Computer Pioneer Award was established in 1981 by the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society to recognize and honor the vision of those people whose efforts resulted in the creation and continued vitality of the computer industry. The award is presented to outstanding individuals whose main contribution to the concepts and development of the computer field was made at least fifteen years earlier.
The recognition is engraved on a bronze medal specially struck for the Society.
All members of the profession are invited to nominate a colleague who they consider most eligible to be considered for this award. The award has two type of recipients:
- Computer Pioneer Charter Recipients - At the inauguration of this award the individuals who already meet the Computer Pioneer Award criteria, and also have received IEEE Computer Society awards prior to 1981.
- Computer Pioneer Recipients - Awarded annually since 1981.
Nomination Deadline: 15 October of each year.
Computer Pioneer Charter Recipients
Computer Pioneer Recipients
Year Recipient Significant contribution 2009 Jean E. Sammet For pioneering work and lifetime achievement as one of the first developers and researchers in programming languages. Lynn Conway For contributions to superscalar architecture, including multiple-issue dynamic instruction scheduling, and for the innovation and widespread teaching of simplified VLSI design methods. 2008 Betty Jean Jeanings Bartik Programmer including co-leading the first teams of ENIAC programmers, and pioneering work on BINAC and UNIVAC I Edward J. McCluskey Design and synthesis of digital systems over five decades, including the first algorithm for logic synthesis (the Quine-McCluskey method) Carl A. Petri Petri net theory (1962) and then parallel and distributed computing 2006 Mamoru Hosaka Computing in Japan Arnold M. Spielberg Real-time data acquisition and recording that significantly contributed to the definition of modern feedback and control processes 2004 Frances E. Allen Theory and practice of compiler optimization 2003 Martin Richards System software portability through the programming language BCPL widely influential and used in academia and industry for a variety of prominent system software 2002 Per Brinch Hansen Operating systems and concurrent programming, exemplified by work on the RC4000 multiprogramming system, monitors, and Concurrent Pascal Robert W. Bemer ASCII, ASCII-alternate sets, and escape sequences 2001 Vernon Schatz Electronic Funds Transfer which made possible computer to computer commercial transactions via the banking system William H. Bridge Computer and communications technology in the GE DATANET 30 2000 Harold W. Lawson Inventing the pointer variable and introducing this concept into PL/I Gennady Stolyarov Minsk series computers' software, of the information systems' software Georgy Lopato Belarus of the Minsk series computers' hardware, of the multicomputer complexes and of the RV family of mobile computers for heavy field conditions 1999 Herbert Freeman SPEEDAC of Sperry Corporation, and computer graphics and image processing 1998 Irving John (Jack) Good Field of computing as a Cryptologist and statistician during World War II at Bletchley Park, as an early worker and developer of the Colossus at Bletchley Park and on the University of Manchester Mark I, the world's first stored program computer 1997 Homer (Barney) Oldfield Banking applications ERMA, and computer manufacturing Francis Elizabeth (Betty) Snyder-Holberton Sort-merge generator for the Univac and compilation 1996 Angel Angelov Computer science technologies in Bulgaria Richard F. Clippinger Converted the ENIAC to a stored program at Aberdeen Proving Ground Edgar Frank Codd Abstract model for database management Norber Fristacky Digital devices Victor M. Glushkov Digital automation of computer architecture Jozef Gruska Theory of computing and organizational activities Jiri Horejs Informatics and computer science Lubomir Georgiev Iliev Computing in Bulgaria; 1st Bulgarian computers; abstract mathematics and software Robert E. Kahn TCP/IP protocols and the Internet program Laszlo Kalmar 1956 logical machine and the design of the MIR computer in Hungary Antoni Kilinski Commercial computers in Poland, and university computer science László Kozma 1930 relay machines, and early computers in post-war Hungary Sergey A. Lebedev Computer in the Soviet Union Alexey A. Lyaponov Soviet cybernetics and programming Romuald W. Marczynski Polish digital computers and computer architecture Grigore C. Moisil Polyvalent logic switching circuits Ivan Plander Computer hardware technology into Slovakia and the control computer Arnold Reitsakas Estonia's computer age Antonin Svoboda Computer research in Czechoslovakia and SAPO and EPOS computers 1995 Gerald Estrin Early computers David Evans Computer graphics Butler Lampson Personal Computer Marvin Minsky Artificial intelligence Kenneth Olsen Minicomputers 1994 Gerrit A. Blaauw IBM System/360 Series Harlan B. Mills Structured Programming Dennis M. Ritchie Unix Ken L. Thompson 1993 Erich Bloch High speed computing Jack S. Kilby Co-inventing the integrated circuit Willis H. Ware Design of IAS and Johnniac computers 1992 Stephen W. Dunwell Project stretch Douglas C. Engelbart Human computer interaction 1991 Bob O. Evans Compatible computers Robert W. Floyd Compilers Thomas E. Kurtz BASIC 1990 Werner Buchholz Computer architecture C.A.R. Hoare Programming languages definitions 1989 John Cocke Instruction pipelining and RISC concepts James A. Weidenhammer High speed I/O mechanisms Ralph L. Palmer IBM 604 electronic calculator Mina S. Rees ONR Computer R&D development beginning in 1946 Marshall C. Yovits F. Joachim Weyl Gordon D. Goldstein 1988 Friedrich L. Bauer Computer stacks Marcian E. Hoff, Jr. Microprocessor on a chip 1987 Robert E. Everett Whirlwind Reynold B. Johnson RAMAC Arthur L. Samuel Adaptive non-numeric processing Nicklaus E. Wirth Pascal 1986 Cuthbert C. Hurd Computing Peter Naur Computer language development James H. Pomerene IAS and Harvest computers Adriann van Wijngaarden ALGOL 68 1985 John G. Kemeny BASIC John McCarthy LISP and artificial intelligence Alan Perlis Computer language translation Ivan Sutherland Graphics SKETCHPAD David J. Wheeler Assembly language programming Heinz Zemanek Computer and computer languages for Mailüfterl 1984 John Vincent Atanasoff Electronic computer with serial memory Jerrier A. Haddad IBM 701 Nicholas C. Metropolis Solved atomic energy problems on ENIAC Nathaniel Rochester Architecture of IBM 702 electronic data processing machines Willem L. van der Poel Serial computer ZEBRA 1982 Harry D. Huskey Parallel computer SWAC Arthur Burks Electronic computer logic design 1981 Jeffrey Chuan Chu Electronic computer logic design
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