BCS Lovelace Medal

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BCS Lovelace Medal
Awarded for"Individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding or advancement of Computing."
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Presented byBritish Computer Society
First awarded1998
WebsiteOfficial website

The Lovelace Medal was established by the British Computer Society in 1998, and is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding or advancement of computing.[1] It is the top award in computing in the UK.[citation needed] Awardees deliver the Lovelace Lecture.[2]

The award is named after Ada Lovelace, who was the daughter of Lord Byron and an English mathematician, scientist, and writer. She worked with computer pioneer Charles Babbage on the proposed mechanical general-purpose computer – the Analytical Engine,[1] in 1842 and is often described as the world's first female computer programmer.[3]

The medal is intended to be presented to individuals, without regard to their countries of domicile. It is generally anticipated that there will be one medalist each year, but the regulation does not preclude either several medalists or no medalist.

Medal recipients[edit]

Awardees include:[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Lovelace Medal". BCS.
  2. ^ "Lovelace Lecture". BCS.
  3. ^ Fuegi, J.; Francis, J. (October 2003). "Lovelace & Babbage and the creation of the 1843 'notes'". Annals of the History of Computing. IEEE. 25 (4): 16–26. doi:10.1109/MAHC.2003.1253887.
  4. ^ "Lovelace Medal". academy.bcs.org. BCS. Archived from the original on 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  5. ^ "Professor Ian Horrocks Awarded BCS Lovelace Medal 2020". Oriel College. 2020-11-13. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  6. ^ "Marta Kwiatkowska named as BCS Lovelace Medal Winner 2019". UK: Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Gordon Plotkin awarded Ada Lovelace Medal". UK: University of Edinburgh. 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Professor Andrew Blake named as BCS Lovelace Medal Winner 2016".
  9. ^ "Professor Ross Anderson named as BCS Lovelace Medal Winner 2015".
  10. ^ "Manchester's Steve Furber receives BCS Lovelace Medal, becomes Distinguished Fellow". Electronics Weekly.

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