Given by ACM SIGPLAN to recognize an individual or individuals who has made a significant and lasting contribution to
the field of programming languages. The contribution can be a single event or a life-time of achievement.
The award includes a prize of $5,000. The award is presented at SIGPLAN's
PLDI conference the following June.
2007: Niklaus Wirth
2006: Ron Cytron, Jeanne Ferrante, Barry Rosen, Mark Wegman, and Kenneth
2005: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm,
2004: John Backus
2002: John McCarthy
2001: Robin Milner
2000: Susan Graham
1999: Ken Kennedy
1998: Fran Allen
1997: Guy Steele
Award is determined by a committee consisting of program committee chairs of
POPL, PLDI, ICFP, and OOPSLA, and a chair who is an EC member appointed by the
EC. Program chairs for conferences held in year y should decide the
award for year y+1. Program chairs for year y should also take
responsibility for publicizing the award at their conference in year y, and for
liaising with their conference if it is a likely venue for the award winner to
speak at in year y+1. They should also widely encourage the submission
of nominations. If a program chair cannot participate, a replacement may be
appointed by the steering committee for the corresponding conference.
Nominations can be submitted at any time to the
secretary of SIGPLAN. Nominations
submitted by January 5th will be considered for that year's award. A nomination for the
programming languages achievement award that is not awarded will remain for 3 years.
Each nomination should consist of the following items:
- Name, address, phone number, and email address of the person making the nomination (the nominator).
- Name, address, phone number, and email address of the candidate for whom
the award is recommended (the nominee).
- A short statement (200-500 words) explaining why the nominee deserves the award in question.
- Names and email addresses of 5-10 people who the nominator believes will support the nomination.
- The awards committee will ask some of these people for their opinions.