ACM Statement Cites British Prime Minister Brown's Apology on Treatment of Alan Turing
The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession
New York, NY, September 11, 2009 – ACM President Dame Wendy Hall issued the following statement on behalf of ACM regarding British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Apology on the Treatment of British mathematician Alan M. Turing:
"ACM applauds Prime Minister Brown's statement on the treatment of Alan Turing.
"ACM has long celebrated the fundamental contributions of Alan M. Turing not only for his instrumental role in British code-breaking efforts that hastened the end of World War II, but for his insights to the mathematical underpinnings of computing and computer science, which continue to drive innovation and produce unimaginable advances in science and technology that have made the world a better place.
"As a consequence, the most prestigious award in computing and computer science, the A.M. Turing Award, was established by ACM in 1966, and named after Alan Turing. ACM looks forward to joining with other organizations to celebrate the centenary of Turing's birth in 2012."
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery www.acm.org, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.