The Turing Award, first presented in 1966, and named for British mathematician Alan M. Turing, is widely considered the "Nobel Prize in Computing. It carries a nice $100,000 prize.
For the first time in the award's history a woman finally receives the price.
IBM Fellow Emerita Frances Allen received the Turing Award 2006 for her contributions that fundamentally improved the performance of computer programs in solving problems, and accelerated the use of high performance computing.
Mrs. Allen works at the T.J. Watson Research Center. She made fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of program optimization, which translates the users' problem-solving language statements into more efficient sequences of computer instructions. Her contributions also greatly extended earlier work in automatic program parallelization, which enables programs to use multiple processors simultaneously in order to obtain faster results.
More details can be found in this press-release. See also the Frances Allen profile page on the IBM site.
See past Turing Award winners at the ACM Turing award site.
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