Organizers of the Turing Award said the prize money for the award has been raised to $1 million after a cash injection by Google.
The Turing Award is given for brilliance in the industry of computers. The Association of Computing Machinery said the payout is now equivalent to the amount received by winners of the Nobel Prize. The award will either be announced in March or February.
In a statement, the Association of Computing Machinery said that this increase in the prize money indicates the effect people’s lives have from computing innovations. It is meant for engineers and scientists that are behind notable advancements in computer technology.
Alexander Wolf, professor in the department of computing at Imperial College London and president of the Association of Computing Machinery said the amount of money the award is now funded for makes it almost equal to the world’s most prestigious prizes for science and culture.
Wolf also thanked Google for supporting the Turin Award and with their help the mainstream role of computing in transforming the world and the way people communicate, access entertainment and conduct business can be celebrated.
“With the generous support of Google, we can celebrate the mainstream role of computing in transforming the world and the way we communicate, conduct business, and access entertainment.”
The award was named after Alan Turing and created in 1996. Alan Turing is a British mathematician who is widely recognized because of his work influencing robotics, computers, artificial intelligence, cryptology and a lot more.
A film called “The Imitation Game” is going to be released later this year and is also predicted to make it to the Oscars next year. The movie is about Alan Turing’s tempestuous life.
Stuart Feldman, Google’s vice president of engineering said in a statement that it is important for people who have made contributions in the field of computer science to be recognized.
“We think it’s important to recognize when people make fundamental contributions in computer science, and we want to help ACM raise awareness of these innovators and the contributions they’ve made to the world,”
Winners of the Turing Award include Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf for work on the basic communications protocols of the Internet and Douglas Englebart for developing technologies such as hypertext and the computer mouse.