Sunday, March 22, 2009

Barbara Liskov Wins Turing Award

Barbara Liskov Wins Turing Award | March 10, 2009 - "Barbara Liskov has won the Association for Computing Machinery's A.M. Turing Award, one of the highest honors in science and engineering, for her pioneering work in the design of computer programming languages. Liskov's achievements underpin virtually every modern computing-related convenience in people's daily lives.

Liskov, the first U.S. woman to earn a PhD in computer science, was recognized for helping make software more reliable, consistent and resistant to errors and hacking. She is only the second woman to receive the honor, which carries a $250,000 purse and is often described as the "Nobel Prize in computing."

This is quite an accomplishment. It also reemphasizes the role women play in the computer world. Grace Hopper, Ada Lovelace, and now add to that Barbara Liskov.

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