About the Lovelace Medal

BCS established the Lovelace Medal in 1998, presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding or advancement of computing. It is a senior award to celebrate all contributions to computer science.

This should be interpreted broadly: academic, industrial or teaching contributions to computer science, computer engineering or informatics could all be considered. Winners will normally be invited to present the following year’s public Lovelace Lecture and to contribute an article describing their work, in terms accessible to a general audience, to the BBC publication ITNOW.

Eligibility

The Lovelace Medal is awarded to individuals - without regard to their domicile – who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding or advancement of computing.

It is generally expected that there will be one medallist each year, but the regulations allow for the possibility of several medallists or, indeed, no medallist; there is the additional expectation that the award is given to an academic or industrialist who has a direct connection with the UK.

Candidates nominated will automatically be considered for three years. Nominators will be invited to update applications in each of these years and will be given feedback when the Awards Committee judges an application to be unlikely to succeed.

Rules of submission

A nomination for the Lovelace Medal should include:

  • the full name and contact details of the nominator
  • the full name and contact details of the nominee
  • a description (in a maximum of 500 words) by the nominator of the candidate’s achievements, in a form accessible to a general computing science audience
  • a CV for the nominee (comprising no more than four pages)
  • the names and email addresses of three referees who would be able to provide an independent assessment of the nominee’s contribution.

Nominations should be in the form of a single electronic file in Word or PDF format. Document security levels should be set so that the file can be copied, printed and edited. The name of the nominee must be in the title of the file.

To submit a nomination or any enquiries please email awardscommittee@bcs.uk