Lovelace medal

Lovelace medal

by Academy Admin

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.

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.

2017 Award

Nominations are now open for the 2017 award. They will close 16 January 2017. Find out more about submitting a nomination

Past winners

Details of the previous winners of the Lovelace medal can be found in the Lovelace lectures section of this site.

The Lovelace medal is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding or advancement of computer science. It is a senior award to celebrate all contributions to computer science, which should be interpreted broadly (for example, academic, industrial or teaching contribution to computer science, computer engineering or informatics).  The expectation is that it is given to an academic or industrialist with a direct connection with the UK. 

Candidates nominated will automatically be considered for three years. The nominator will be invited to update the application each year and also given feedback when the committee judges the application to be unlikely to succeed.