Government's chief scientific adviser presents BCS Lovelace Medal

27 May 2003

Professor Sir David King, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Office of Science and Technology, presented the prestigious BCS Lovelace Medal for 2002 to Carl Kesselman, Professor of Computer Science at the USC School of Engineering and Ian Foster, Professor in Computer Science at the University of Chicago for their leading work with the Globus Project linked to grid computing.

From left to right: Carl Kesselman, Professor Sir David King and Ian Foster Professor Kesselman and Professor Foster flew to the UK this month to collect their medals in person from Sir David at a special BCS awards ceremony in London.

The Globus Project is a US research and software development project led by Kesselman and Foster. The project delivers grid computing research advances and open source software for science, engineering, business and other collaborative situations. Grid computing is the high speed network equivalent to the electric power grid, providing computer power on demand, much the way a power grid provides electricity.

The BCS Lovelace Medal was established in 1998 in honour of Lady Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace and daughter of Lord Byron. She was the assistant and patron of Charles Babbage and wrote programs for his "Analytical Engine", now recognised as the first computer program.

The Medal is presented annually to individuals who, in the opinion of BCS, have made a significant contribution to the advancement of Information Systems.

According to BCS Chief Executive David Clarke, "Kesselman and Foster's award is the second time the award has recognised US computing research and excellence. At its core, Globus is a research project that focuses on both the issues associated with building Grid infrastructures but also on the problems that arise in designing and developing applications that use Grid services. BCS is pleased to recognise their outstanding work on this important project."

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