areppim column chart showing the distribution of turing awards for computer science by nation from its inception in 1966 to 2016. USA nationals have won 43, or 64% of all awards. The other big winners have been nationals from the United Kingdom with 7 wins (10.5%), Israel with 5 wins (7.5%), Canada and Norway with 2 wins each (3%).

Turing award is generally considered to be the Nobel prize for computer science and has been granted to nationals from the big players in the IT (information technology) revolution. USA nationals have won 43, or 64% of all awards. The other big winners have been nationals from the United Kingdom with 7 wins (10.5%), Israel with 5 wins (7.5%), Canada and Norway with 2 wins each (3%). (Double nationals are accounted for twice in the chart.)

Formal recognition of women's contributions to the advancement of the field emerged only recently, although they had played a pivotal role in many R&D teams. The women's quotum was often ignored, and the success of the team's effort was customarily credited fully and solely to the leading male scientists. Some of the recent female prizes have been awarded to try and correct that historical bias.

 

Turing Award for Computer Science
1966 - 2016

Country

Number of Awards

Percent of Total

United States4364.18%
United Kingdom710.45%
Israel57.46%
Canada22.99%
Norway22.99%
China11.49%
Denmark11.49%
France11.49%
India11.49%
Italy11.49%
Netherlands11.49%
Switzerland11.49%
Venezuela11.49%
Total67100.00%

 

Sources: see ACM Awards

 

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