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August 21, 2006 at 1:08 PM

Microsoft dominates computer history awards

Two of the four Computer History Museum Fellow Awards this year are going to Microsoft researchers Butler Lampson and Sir Anthony Hoare.

The Mountain View, Calif., museum disclosed the winners today when it invited people to attend its Oct. 17 award ceremony.

It’s a nice honor, but Lampson and Hoare don’t have much more room in their trophy cases. They’re the modern computing era’s Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Before he joined Microsoft, Lampson was involved in the development of the personal computer, Ethernet local networking and text editors, among other things. In the 1970s Hoare developed “a system of logical rules (now known as ‘Hoare’s Logic’) that any programmer could follow, in the process helping to move the writing of software from a somewhat mystical discipline into a field with solid foundations,” as the museum’s biography put it.

Other winners are Robert Kahn, who designed the Arpanet, the Internet’s predecessor; and Marvin Minsky, a pioneering researcher in artificial intelligence.

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