About the W. Wallace McDowell Award
About the W. Wallace McDowell Award
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Nomination Deadline: 15 October 2015
The award nomination requires a minimum of 3 endorsements.
A certificate and $2,000 honorarium are presented for outstanding recent theoretical, design, educational, practical, or other similar innovative contributions that fall within the scope of Computer Society interest. Learn more about W. Wallace McDowell
McDowell Past Recipients
|2014||Hanan Samet||For fundamental contributions to the development of multidimensional spatial data structures and indexing, translation validation, and proof-carrying code.|
|2013||Maurice Herlihy||For fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of multi-processor computation.|
|2012||Ronald Fagin||For fundamental and lasting contributions to the theory of databases.|
|2011||Ian F. Akyildiz||For pioneering contributions to wireless sensor network architectures and communication protocols.|
|2009||Jiawei Han||For significant contributions to knowledge discovery and data mining.|
|2008||Krishna V. Palem||For pioneering contributions to the algorithmic, compilation, and architectural foundations of embedded computing.|
|2007||Anil K. Jain||For pioneering contributions to theory, technique, and practice of pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition systems.|
|2006||Benjamin W. Wah||For fundamental contributions to the theory and applications of nonlinear and resource-constrained optimization.|
|2005||Krishan K. Sabnani||For seminal contributions to networking protocols and to wireless data networks.|
|2004||Simon Lam||For outstanding fundamental contributions in network protocols and security services.|
|2003||Sartaj K. Sahni||For contributions to the theory of NP-hard and NP-complete problems.|
|2002||Jaishankar M. Menon||For leading contributions on the architecture and design of data storage systems and RAID technology.|
|2001||Pradeep K. Khosla||For significant contributions to the design of re-configurable real-time software systems, and for significant contributions to undergraduate and graduate education in electrical and computer engineering and robotics.|
|2000||Raymond Ozzie||For his vision, determination, and programming skill in the development of Lotus Notes, a program that enables groups of people to work collaboratively over computer networks.|
|1999||Yale N. Patt||For your impact on the high performance microprocessor industry via a combination of important contributions to both engineering and education.|
|1998||Tilak Agerwala||For outstanding contributions to the development of high performance computers.|
|1997||Marc Andreessen & Eric Bina||For developing a multi-platform browsing tool for the World Wide Web.|
|1996||Timothy Berners-Lee||For innovative invention of the World Wide Web, which extends hypertext to distributed information, which has brought about a revolutionary transformation in the use of computers and networks.|
|1995||Kenneth W. Kennedy||For important contributions to theory and practice of compiler optimization and leadership in the development of software for parallel computation.|
|1994||Federico Faggin||For the development of the Silicon Gate Process, and the first commercial microprocessor.|
|1990||Lawrence G. Roberts||For architecting packet switching technology and bringing it into practical use by means of the ARPA network.|
|1989||Edward B. Eichelberger & Thomas W. Williams||For developing the level-sensitive scan technique of testing solid-state logic circuits and for leading, defining, and promoting design for testability concepts.|
|1988||John W. Poduska, Sr.||For his continued creative contributions to hardware and software developments and for management expertise in bringing them to products.|
|1987||Sidney Fernbach||For continuously challenging, inspiring, and supporting American designers and industry to produce many successive generations of super computers.|
|1985||William D. Strecker||For being principal designer of the VAX architecture and for contributions to local area networks, high-performance interconnects, caches, and memory hierarchies.|
|1984||Thomas M. McWilliams Lawrence C. Widdoes, Jr.||For creating the structured computer-aided logic (SCALD) design methodology, which is the basis for many of the successful computer-aided engineering systems used in the industry.|
|1983||Daniel L. Slotnick||For his pioneering contributions to centrally controlled parallel computers and for his achievement in creating the parallel computer ILLIAC IV.|
|1982||Rex Rice||For his outstanding technical and managerial contributions to computer development through the invention of the universally utilized dual-in-line semi-conductor component package, and the design and production of the first large LSI semi-conductor memory systems.|
|1981||Maurice V. Wilkes||For a lifetime of innovative technical contributions to the computer field in the areas of software engineering, structured programming, distributed computing, data base structures, time-sharing, storage hierarchies, paging, and microprogramming.|
|1980||Donald E. Knuth||For his many contributions to software engineering and education and for the excellence of his scholarship and creativity in organizing vast subject areas of computer science so that they are accessible to all segments of the computing community.|
|1979||Grace Murray Hopper||For her combination of technical skill, leadership, teaching capability, and single-minded drive for the invention, adoption, and standardization of high-level programming languages.|
|1978||Gordon E. Moore||For outstanding contributions to research and development of semi-conductor components and his insights and leadership in the micro-processor and semi conductor memory fields.|
|1977||Robert S. Barton||For his innovative architectural computer concepts, such as stack processing, data stored with self-describing tags, and the direct execution of higher level languages, as embodied in the B-5000 and successor machines.|
|1976||Gene M. Amdahl||For his contributions to the architecture and design of computer systems, and for his achievements in promoting advancements in the computer state of the art through business enterprise.|
|1975||C. Gordon Bell||For outstanding contributions in the areas of technical design, education, and publications influential in developing the computer field.|
|1974||Shmuel Winograd||For his pioneering work in computational complexity and for stimulating further research on the scientific basis for evaluating the efficiency of computational algorithms.|
|1973||David A. Huffman||For his contributions to the solution of sequential circuit problems and coding theory, and for his leadership as a teacher.|
|1972||Jean A. Hoerni||For significantly influencing the architecture and design of data processing systems by inventing the planar process of semi-conductor circuit fabrication -- the development that made possible the economical mass production of reliable integrated circuits and semi-conductor memories.|
|1971||Tom Kilburn||For his achievement in designing and building some of the first-- as well as some of the most powerful -- computers in the world.|
|1970||Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.||For his significant contributions to computer architecture and programming and his leadership in cooperative efforts to further education in the computer field.|
|1969||Herman Lukoff||For his insight and leadership in solving primary problems of early computers and his continuing contributions that have paved the way for tomorrows computing systems.|
|1968||Seymour R. Cray||For his continuing technical contributions to computer development through design automation and system definition, and for outstanding managerial leadership in producing a series of large scale computers.|
|1967||John W. Backus||For his early and continuing contribution to the field of higher-level languages, in particular for is conception and leadership resulting in the completion of the first FORTRAN projects; and for his work in syntactical forms incorporated in ALGOL.|
|1966||Fernando J. Corbato||For his pioneering work in organizing and spearheading the early development of the first practical large-scale time-sharing computer system, and for his tireless efforts in providing direction for the entire time-sharing concept.|
McDowell Subcommittee Chair
2014 W. Wallace McDowell Award Subcommittee Chair
2015 Nominations are closed.
Deadline for 2016 nominations is 15 OCT 2015
McDowell Press Release
Brown University Computer Science Professor Maurice Herlihy Named Recipient of 2013 Wallace McDowell Award
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 28 March 2013 – Maurice Herlihy, a computer science professor at Brown University, has been named the 2013 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's prestigious W. Wallace McDowell Award for his contributions to multiprocessor computation.
Herlihy, whose research focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of concurrent and distributed computing, was recognized for his "fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of multi-processor computation." His early work on wait-free synchronization showed that different synchronization operations have different computational power, but that any operation that can solve consensus is universal.
The McDowell Award is given to individuals for outstanding recent theoretical, design, educational, practical, or other innovative contributions in the field of computing. The award may be given for a single contribution of great merit or a series of lesser contributions that have had or are expected to have an important influence on the computer field. It consists of a bronze medal and a $2,000 honorarium.
Working with Jeannette Wing, Herlihy invented the notion of linearizability, a popular correctness condition for concurrent data structures. He developed counting networks, a class of highly-concurrent, low-contention data structures for counting and related tasks, with James Aspnes and Nir Shavit. Also with Shavit, he developed new ways to reason about distributed algorithms, based on combinatorial and algebraic topology, yielding new lower bounds to previously unsolved problems. With Eliot Moss, Herlihy co-invented transactional memory, a multiprocessor synchronization architecture that has been incorporated into recent processors by Intel and IBM.
Herlihy has an AB in Mathematics from Harvard University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University and on the staff of DEC Cambridge Research Lab and was the recipient of the 2003 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, the 2004 Goedel Prize in Theoretical Computer Science, and the 2012 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing. He is an ACM Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
One of computing's most prestigious individual honors, the W. Wallace McDowell Award has a list of past winners that reads like a who's who of industry giants. They include FORTRAN creator John W. Backus (1967); supercomputer pioneers Seymour Cray (1968), Gene Amdahl (1976), and Ken Kennedy (1995); the architect of IBM's mainframe computer Frederick Brooks (1970); Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon Moore (1978); Donald Knuth, the father of algorithm analysis (1980); microprocessor inventor Federico Faggin (1994); World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee (1996); Lotus Notes creator and Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie (2000); and IBM Fellow Ronald Fagin (2012).
McDowell, who spent decades working for IBM, directed development of the first commercial electronic calculator. He was later responsible for development of major advances, including IBM's card-programmed calculator, magnetic drums and tape units, magnetic core and disc storage, the company's "700" systems, and the Naval Ordinance Research Calculator. For more information, visit http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/wallace.