Named for one of the greatest early contributors to computer science, Alan Turing, the Turing Award is often considered the Nobel Prize for computer science. Past winners truly represent some of the most brilliant thinkers in the field–Barbara Liskov, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, Alan Kay, Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adelman just to name a few I recognize from the most recent handful of years.
This year’s winner is no less than George Thacker whose work in particular on the Alto at Xerox PARC had a profound impact on the personal computer even as we see and use them today. The New York Times Bits blog has an excellent summary of Thacker’s career and solicits some of his thoughts on the history of the personal computer and its possible future.
Congratulations, Mr. Thacker!