The Lovelace medal was established by the Institute in 1998 and is administered by the Awards Committee of the Academy.
Ada Lovelace was a mathematician and scientist who worked with, and was an inspiration to, the computer pioneer Charles Babbage.
The Lovelace medal is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding or advancement of Computing. The medal will, in successive years, be awarded for contributions in one of the following three focus areas:
- engineering ie, methodologies and other forms of applied research that have contributed to the advancement of Computing
- computer science ie, basic research that has added significantly to our understanding of Computing
- products and practices ie, contributions that have (direcetly) led to innovative products and widely deployed applications
For the 2014 Lovelace medal the panel sought nominations relating to products and practices.
It is generally expected that there will be one medallist each year, but the regulation allows either several medallists or no medallist.
Winners will normally be invited to give a public lecture on their work at the BCS Lovelace lecture the following year; and will also be asked to contribute an article describing their work in terms accessible to a general audience for publication in ITNOW, the BCS magazine.
Nominations for the 2014 award have now closed and are being assessed. An announcement about the winner will be made in the New Year.
2013 award winner
We are delighted to annouce that Professor Samson Abramsky is the recipient of the 2013 Lovelace medal. The award was made in recognition of Professor Abramsky's significant contribution since the 1980s and his pre-eminence in setitng the modern agenda in the foundations of computer science. Read the press release
Details of the previous winners of the Lovelace medal can be found in the Lovelace lectures section of this site.