Acorn pioneers honoured by US computing award

Summary:Two British scientists, Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson, have been honoured by the Computer History Museum in San Jose, California for their groundbreaking work on the BBC Micro and the ARM processor.Furber and Wilson were given the Computer History Museum Fellow awards on Saturday for their pioneering work at Acorn on the BBC Micro, which served as an entry-level computer for many of today's developers and computer scientists.

Two British scientists, Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson, have been honoured by the Computer History Museum in San Jose, California for their groundbreaking work on the BBC Micro and the ARM processor.

Furber and Wilson were given the Computer History Museum Fellow awards on Saturday for their pioneering work at Acorn on the BBC Micro, which served as an entry-level computer for many of today's developers and computer scientists.

They also co-designed the 32-bit RISC processor — the basis of smartphone titan ARM's low-power chip architecture.

Meanwhile, Edward Feigenbaum was honoured for his work on artificial intelligence, which led to an emphasis on the knowledge base of an AI program rather than the system's inference process.

Fernando Corbato was recognised for his groundbreaking work on timesharing, a technology that allowed many applications and users to run on the same mainframe, forming a blueprint for current developments in cloud computing.

Topics: Storage

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