Monday, 05 May 2014 10:28

Linus Torvalds gets IEEE award

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has awarded Linus Torvalds its Computer Society's Computer Pioneer Award.

Torvalds was selected for the award for his creation and maintenance of the Linux kernel, from 1991 when he first put up code for download to the current day.

The Finn is an employee of the Linux Foundation, a non-profit that employs him and a few other top kernel hackers.

According to an IEEE media release, Torvalds has already been presented the Technology Academy of Finland's Millennium Technology Prize (2012), the NEC's C&C Prize (2010), the Takreda Award for Social/Economic Well-Being (2008), the British Computer Society's Lovelace Medal (2000), and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award (1998).

He was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame (2012) and the Computer History Museum's Hall of Fellows (2008).

The Computer Pioneer Award was established in 1981 by the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors to recognise and honour the vision of those 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 15 years earlier. The recognition is engraved on a bronze medal.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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