ACM Turing Award Goes to Creator of First Modern Personal Computer

Glen Slick glen.slick at
Tue Mar 9 17:20:39 CST 2010

Saw this in the news today:

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 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.

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