Days to Centenary: 254
“an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community. The contributions should be of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field”
The 2011 Turing Award goes to Leslie G. Valiant, a British researcher who is currently T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Meanwhile, on a page within the Association for Computing Machinery site you can watch the entirety of Professor Valiant’s Turing Award lecture (51:43, excellent sound). Click the link above and scroll down to find the lecture video. As I post this I’m about halfway through the lecture and so far it is clear and well stated, even for a non-specialist listener. It refers to some technical mathematical matters, but theyre few, and it is largely comprehensible to a non-mathematician.
I wonder who the lucky devil will be to win the Turing Award in 2012, the Alan Turing Year. That kind of chance won’t come around again for another hundred years.