Peter Naur wins ACM Turing Award

Colin J. Williams cjw at sympatico.ca
Tue Mar 7 13:37:24 CET 2006


Kay Schluehr wrote:
> Terry Reedy wrote:
> 
>>http://campus.acm.org/public/pressroom/press_releases/3_2006/turing_3_01_2006.cfm
>>
>>Peter Naur was co-developer of Backus/Naur grammar notation, co-author and
>>editor of the Algol 60 specification, and co-developer of a successful
>>Algol compiler.
> 
> 
> That's very fine. Peter Naur has to be honored before he dies and Algol
> gets forgotten forever. Sarkasm mode off. Is it just me who thinks that
> this grand-old-man gala should be cancelled and replaced by a fields
> medal mode where the jury has to prove that it is a little more up to
> date? Maybe being at age of 50 would be good upper limit ( our
> societies grow older ;) This mode would enable to honor Simon Peyton
> Jones and Philip Wadler for Haskell and introducing monads to Haskell
> before the language is phased out in 20+ years.
> 
Without detracting from the last sentence, I disagree.

Peter Naur's honour is long overdue.

Colin W.



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