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Press release: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web, to receive the ACM A.M. Turing Award

From: Coralie Mercier <coralie@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 13:16:22 +0200
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Dear news media, analysts and friends of W3C,

I have the immense pride and honour of sharing with you that our Director Tim Berners-Lee was named the recipient of the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award –the highest distinction in Computer Science– which is sometimes referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing.”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee was cited for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. Considered one of the most influential computing innovations in history, the World Wide Web is the primary tool used by billions of people every day to communicate, access information, engage in commerce, and perform many other important activities.

You can read more in the press release we just issued:
  https://www.w3.org/2017/04/pressrelease-tbl-turing-award.html.en

A text version is below.  

To request interviews, please contact w3t-pr@w3.org.

Kind regards,

Coralie Mercier
Head of W3C Marketing & Communications


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   [1]W3C For immediate release

      [1] http://www.w3.org/

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web, to receive the ACM
                           A.M. Turing Award
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   [2]Translations | [3]W3C Press Release Archive
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      [2] https://www.w3.org/Press/Releases-2017#tbl-turing-award
      [3] https://www.w3.org/Press/

   [4]logo ACM [5]picture of Tim Berners-Lee

      [4] http://amturing.acm.org/
      [5] https://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/

   [6]https://www.w3.org/ — 4 April 2017 — The [7]ACM, the
   Association for Computing Machinery, today named Sir Tim
   Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web and Director of the World Wide
   Web Consortium, as the recipient of the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing
   Award.

      [6] https://www.w3.org/
      [7] http://www.acm.org/

   The [8]ACM Turing Award is recognized as the highest
   distinction in Computer Science and is sometimes referred to as
   the "Nobel Prize of Computing." The Award is named for the
   British Computer Scientist [9]Alan Turing who is known as the
   key founder of theoretical computer science and artificial
   intelligence as well as for the development of the Turing
   machine, considered a model of a general purpose computer.

      [8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_Award
      [9] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing

   Sir Tim is being given this award for inventing the World Wide
   Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and
   algorithms allowing the Web to scale. Considered one of the
   most influential computing innovations in history, the World
   Wide Web is the technical infrastructure of society and has
   already become the universal connectivity platform.

   Sir Tim noted: “It is an honor to receive the Turing Award and
   to be included in such extraordinary company with the other
   winners. I’m also humbled to be connected to Alan Turing. My
   parents, who worked on the Manchester/Ferranti Mark I ^[[10]1],
   knew Turing when they were at Manchester. He changed
   everything: By pointing out that computers are all equivalent,
   he threw down the gauntlet to all who programmed them, what was
   possible with computers is limited only by our imaginations.”

   After his work to invent the web, Sir Tim founded the World
   Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a Web standards organization which
   develops interoperable technologies (specifications,
   guidelines, software, and tools) in 1994.

   Sir Tim’s development and guardianship of the building blocks
   of the Web, the standards upon which it is built upon,
   continues at W3C. The mission of W3C and its Members is to lead
   the Web to its full potential and Web standards are crucial to
   the development of the Web and its use.

   Jeff Jaffe, CEO of W3C, stated: “The Web has had an immense
   impact on the world; transforming every part of society: how we
   communicate, how we learn, how we acquire information, and how
   we engage in commerce. Tim's soaring vision of what was
   possible in the world is anchored on breakthrough contributions
   to computing - which is what is recognized by the Turing Award.
   It is a great honor to work with Tim and to see his continuing
   leadership in technology, society, and commitment to the
   openness of the Web.”

   Sir Tim will formally receive the Turing Award on 24 June 2017
   at the ACM Awards banquet which marks the “50 Years of the
   Turing Award” in San Francisco, CA.

   [1] The Manchester/Ferranti Mark I was the first widely
   available commercial computer.

      [1] http://www.w3.org/

  About Tim Berners-Lee

   A graduate of Oxford University, [11]Sir Tim Berners-Lee
   invented the World Wide Web while at CERN in 1989. He coined
   the name "World Wide Web," wrote the first World Wide Web
   server, "httpd," and the first client program (a browser and
   editor), "WorldWideWeb," in October 1990. He wrote the first
   version of the document formatting language with the capability
   for hypertext links, known as HTML (HyperText Markup Language).
   His initial specifications for URIs, HTTP, and HTML were
   refined and discussed in larger circles as Web technology
   spread.

     [11] https://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/

   Sir Tim is the Director of [12]World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
   and a Director of the [13]World Wide Web Foundation which works
   to advance the Open Web as a public good and a basic human
   right. In addition, he is Professor at the Laboratory for
   Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) at the
   Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he co-leads
   the [14]Decentralized Information Group (DIG) and research on
   re-decentralizing the Web. He is also a Professor at the
   University of Oxford as well as the President and founder of
   the [15]Open Data Institute (ODI), London.

     [12] https://www.w3.org/
     [13] http://webfoundation.org/
     [14] http://dig.csail.mit.edu/
     [15] http://odi.org/

  About the ACM A.M. Turing Award

   The [16]A.M. Turing Award was named for Alan M. Turing, the
   British mathematician who articulated the mathematical
   foundation and limits of computing, and who was a key
   contributor to the Allied cryptanalysis of the Enigma cipher
   during World War II. Since its inception in 1966, the Turing
   Award has honored the computer scientists and engineers who
   created the systems and underlying theoretical foundations that
   have propelled the information technology industry.

     [16] http://amturing.acm.org/

About the World Wide Web Consortium

   The mission of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is to lead
   the Web to its full potential by creating technical standards
   and guidelines to ensure that the Web remains open, accessible,
   and interoperable for everyone around the globe. W3C develops
   well known specifications such as HTML5, CSS, and the Open Web
   Platform as well as work on security and privacy, all created
   in the open and provided for free and under the unique W3C
   Patent Policy. For its work to make online videos more
   accessible with captions and subtitles, W3C received a 2016
   Emmy Award.

   W3C's vision for "One Web" brings together thousands of
   dedicated technologists representing more than 400 [17]Member
   organizations and dozens of industry sectors. W3C is jointly
   hosted by the [18]MIT Computer Science and Artificial
   Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL)in the United States, the
   [19]European Research Consortium for Informatics and
   Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, [20]Keio
   University in Japan and [21]Beihang University in China. For
   more information see [22]https://www.w3.org/.

     [17] https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Member/List
     [18] http://www.csail.mit.edu/
     [19] http://www.ercim.eu/
     [20] http://www.keio.ac.jp/
     [21] http://ev.buaa.edu.cn/
     [22] https://www.w3.org/

   End Press Release

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   Jim Ormond, ACM Communications <[24]ormond@hq.acm.org>
   Phone: 1.212.626.0505
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     [24] mailto:ormond@hq.acm.org

   [25]Translations | [26]W3C Press Release Archive

     [25] https://www.w3.org/Press/Releases-2017#tbl-turing-award
     [26] https://www.w3.org/Press/

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Coralie Mercier  -  W3C Marketing & Communications -  https://www.w3.org
mailto:coralie@w3.org +336 4322 0001 https://www.w3.org/People/CMercier/
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