This special award was to recognize an individual or individuals responsible for one of the most fundamental and important computer science and engineering contributions over the past century.
Consideration was given to the following criteria:
- originality of contribution
- significance of achievement
- impact on computer science and engineering
- impact on society
The award consisted of a crystal model and $20,000 honorarium.
"For insights into making large-scale systems development manageable with the concepts of encapsulation and information hiding, and helping to establish software development as an engineering discipline firmly rooted in mathematics"
"For pioneered microprogramming, which enabled very large and complex hardware structures to be implemented reliably and systematically"