[FoRK] ACM Turing Award

Marty Halvorson marty at halvorson.us
Mon Mar 15 13:49:55 PDT 2010


"NEW YORK, March 9, 2010 – ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery 
today named Charles P. Thacker the winner of the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing 
Award http://awards.acm.org/2010/turing-award.cfm for his pioneering 
design and realization of the Alto, the first modern personal computer, 
and the prototype for networked personal computers.  Thacker’s design, 
which he built while at Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), 
reflected a new vision of a self-sufficient, networked computer on every 
desk, equipped with innovations that are standard in today’s models. 
Thacker was also cited for his contributions to the Ethernet local area 
network, which enables multiple computers to communicate and share 
resources, as well as the first multiprocessor workstation, and the 
prototype for today’s most used tablet PC, with its capabilities for 
direct user interaction.  The Turing Award, widely considered the “Nobel 
Prize in Computing,” is named for the British mathematician Alan M. 
Turing.  The award carries a $250,000 prize, with financial support 
provided by Intel Corporation and Google Inc."

Chuck Thacker is a really nice guy, and one of the smartest people I've 
ever had the pleasure of meeting.  I consulted with him quite a few 
times while I worked for DEC.  He wrote me a very nice letter of 
recommendation when I went to work for Los Alamos National Labs.

Marty Halvorson

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