Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Named a Technology Laureate

by Sam Dean - Apr. 19, 2012Comments (0)

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has recieved one of the technology commmunity's highest honors: He's been named a Millennium Technology Prize laureate by the Technology Academy of Finland. Candidates for laureate status are considered from all around the world, in all fields of technology, with prize winners named from the small pool of laureates every two years. Here is more on Torvalds' laureate status and chance at the prize, including input from The Linux Foundation. 

According to the announcement:

"The Millennium Technology Prize is awarded every two years for innovations improving the quality of human life and encouraging sustainable development. Universities, research institutions, scientific and engineering academies, and high-tech companies from around the globe make nominations. The International Selection Committee, nominated by TAF Board, reviews the nominations and determines the year's laureates. The Board makes the final decision on who will be the recipients of the prize, which is together established by Finnish industry and state. The winner(s) of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize will be awarded by the President of the Republic of Finland in a special ceremony, taking place June 13, 2012."

Past winners of the prize include Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, one of the fathers of the World Wide Web; Professor Shuji Nakamura, inventor of innovative light sources; Professor Robert Langer for his invention and development of new biomaterials for controlled drug release and tissue regeneration; and Professor Michael Gratzel for his developments in dye-sensitized solar cells.

"The Millennium Technology Prize is like the Nobel Peace Prize of technology," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. "Linus Torvalds embodies the innovation and collaborative spirit that this award stands for, and we congratulate him on this tremendous honor." 

OStatic congratulates Linus, too, and will follow up on the prize in June.

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