Maurice Wilkes, a founding member of the British Computer Society and its first president, has been awarded the IEEE Computer Society 60th Anniversary Award along with David Parnas of the Software Quality Research Laboratory at the University of Limerick.
The award recognises individuals who have been responsible for a fundamental contribution to computer science and engineering. Award judges focus on the originality of a contribution, as well as its impact on computing, engineering and society.
The combined award citation reads, "For their seminal contributions to the discipline of computing. Maurice Wilkes pioneered microprogramming, which enabled very large and complex hardware structures to be implemented reliably and systematically."
Commenting on the award, current BCS president Nigel Shadbolt said, "The BCS is thrilled and delighted that Maurice Wilkes has received this very special award from the IEEE Computer Society. He was not only a pioneer in computer science he was one of the founders and first president of the BCS 50 years ago. His contributions have been immense and long lasting."