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Charles P. Thacker Named Recipient of 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award

HOORAY!

ACM has named Charles P. Thacker the recipient of the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his pioneering design and realization of the Alto, the first modern personal computer, and the prototype for networked personal computers. Alto incorporated bitmap (TV-like) displays, which enable modern graphical user interfaces (GUIs), including What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editors. Thacker’s design, which he built while at Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), reflected a new vision of a self-sufficient, networked computer on every desk, equipped with innovations that are standard in today’s models.

via Charles P. Thacker Named Recipient of 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award — Association for Computing Machinery.

March 9, 2010 at 11:04 am 1 comment


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