Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Splits $1.5 Million Tech Prize
The principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds, is going to get a cool $750,000.Two innovators, including Linus Torvalds, a Finnish American software engineer and the driving force behind the open-source Linux kernel, have won this years Millennium Technology Prize, given out every two years by the Technology Academy of Finland. The other recipient of the prize, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, was singled out for his contributions to stem-cell development. Torvalds was awarded the honor for his creation of the operating system. This is the first time that the grand prize has been shared by two scientists. Torvalds was cited for the great impact the Linux operating system has had on the openness of the Web and shared software and networking development. Im really honored to be the joint recipient of this years Millennium Technology Prize. This recognition is particularly important to me given that its given by the Technology Academy of Finland, he said in a press statement. Id also like to thank all the people Ive worked with, who have helped make the project not only such a technical success but have made it so fun and interesting.
The Technology Academy of Finland (TAF) is an independent foundation established by the Finnish industry and the Finnish state in partnership. The aims of the prize are to promote technological research and innovation that have a positive impact on the quality of life, alleviate fears towards technological change and encourage discussion between technology specialists and societal decision makers, according to the Technology Academys Website.