Tennessee’s Jack Dongarra wins the prestigious AM Turing Award

A local computer scientist and professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville has been named an AM Turing Award winner by the Association for Computing Machinery.

The Turing Award is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of computer science.” It carries a million dollar prize.

“Oh, it was a complete shock. I’m still recovering from it,” Jack Dongarra told Knox News with a warm laugh. “It’s nice to see the work being recognized in this way but it couldn’t have happened without the support and contribution of many people over time.”

Chances are Dongarra’s work has touched your life, even if you don’t know it. If you’ve ever used a speech recognition program or looked at a weather forecast, you’re using technology that relies on Dongarra’s software libraries.

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