has named Barbara Liskov the recipient of the 2008 ACM A.M. Turing
Award for her contributions to practical and theoretical foundations of
programming language and system design, especially related to data
abstraction, fault tolerance, and distributed computing.
revolutionized the programming field with groundbreaking research that
underpins virtually every modern computer application for both
consumers and businesses. Her achievements in programming language
design have made software more reliable and easier to maintain. They
are now the basis of every important programming language since 1975,
including Ada, C++, Java, and C#.
the Programming Methodology Group in the Computer Science and
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, where she has conducted
research and has been a professor since 1972.
ACM A.M. Turing Award is ACM's most prestigious technical award. It
recognizes contributions of lasting and major technical importance, and
honors individuals whose work has advanced the field of computing.
First presented in 1966, and named for British mathematician Alan M.
Turing, the Turing Award is widely considered to be the "Nobel Prize in
Computing." It carries a $250,000 prize, with financial support
provided by Intel Corporation and Google Inc.
Learn more, view the ACM Press Release or visit the ACM A.M. Turing Award site.