Stibitz and Wilson Honorees

THE GEORGE RSTIBITZ COMPUTER & COMMUNICATIONS PIONEER AWARDS HONOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELDS OF COMPUTING AND COMMUNICATIONS. 

THE EDWARD OWILSON BIODIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY PIONEER AWARDS HONOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PRESERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY ON EARTH.


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Dr. George R. Stibitz

Dr. George R. Stibitz (1904-1995) is internationally recognized by computer  scientists and historians as the seminal pioneer of the modern digital computer. As a mathematical physicist at the AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1937 and while performing research on the electromechanical properties of telephone relays, he had a hunch that a computer could be built using binary numbers with the relays representing ones and zeros using their on and off switching characteristics. In November of 1937, on the kitchen table of his home, Dr. Stibitz built a two-digit binary adding circuit using two telephone relays, two batteries, two light bulbs and a switch fashioned out of a tobacco tin. It was dubbed the Model K - for kitchen. In 1938, with the help of S.B. Williams, also of Bell Laboratories, he developed a full-scale calculator for the arithmetic of complex numbers. This computing machine was fully operational in late 1939 and was demonstrated in 1940. Dr. Stibitz used this demonstration to also showcase the first remote controlled computer using a teletype in Hanover, New Hampshire (on the Dartmouth campus) while the computer itself was in New York City. He joined the Department of Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School in 1964 as a research associate on the applications of physics, mathematics, and computers to biophysical/biomedical technologies. He became a professor in 1966 and professor emeritus in 1970. Dr. Stibitz was awarded 34 patents. Dr. Stibitz built a functioning replica of the Model K for the American Computer Museum (the original was dismantled long ago) and agreed to have an award named after him to be presented by the American Computer Museum and Montana State University that would recognize individuals who have significantly contributed to the progress of computing, communications and the information age in general.

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Dr. Edward O. Wilson

A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Wilson has authored over 20 books and hundreds of technical papers. He was born on June 10, 1929 and is usually cited as E. O. Wilson. Dr. Wilson is an American biologist, researcher (sociobiology, biodiversity, island biogeography), theorist (consilience, biophilia), naturalist (conservationist) and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the scientific study of ants, on which he is considered to be the world's leading expert. He has discovered hundreds of new species of ants during his lifetime. Arguably one of the most famous, respected and trusted scientists in the world, Dr. Wilson continues to lead an intensely active life as a researcher, theorist and passionate naturalist. In 2009 Dr. Wilson agreed to have an award named after him to be presented by the American Computer Museum and Montana State University to scientific, technical and literary pioneers who have made significant contributions to the understanding and preservation of the biodiversity of life on Earth. Whenever possible, Dr. Wilson participates in the museum’s awards ceremonies to personally present the The Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity
Technology Pioneer Awards.


2018 Stibitz and Wilson Honorees

In 2018 we celebrated the contributions of women in the field of tech.

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Bonnie J. Dunbar

The 2018 George R. Stibitz Computer & Communications Pioneer Award

The 2018 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity
Technology Pioneer Award

For Exemplary Leadership, Mentorship and Promotion of STEM Education

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Donna Dubinsky

The 2018 George R. Stibitz Computer & Communications Pioneer Award

For Exemplary and Seminal Contributions to the Development and
Popularization of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)

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Diana Six

The 2018 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity
Technology Pioneer Award

For Seminal Contributions to the Understanding of
Bark Beetle Ecology, Forest Adaptations and Climate Change

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Andone C. Lavery

The 2018 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity
Technology Pioneer Award

For Exemplary and Seminal Contributions to Acoustical Oceanography
and its Applications to Marine Biodiversity


Previous Honorees

2017

Jennifer Doudna

Michelle Simmons

Mark Ritter

Jerry M. Chow

Jay M. Gambetta

Rufus Cone

Jonathan Titus

2016

Alan Turing

Joseph Desch

Mary Shaw

Dan Wenk

2015

David Ferrucci

Robert Gunderson

Janine Benyus

Laurie Marker

Kjetil Våge

2014

David Andes

Cynthia Breazeal

Edward Feigenbaum

Douglas Hofstadter

Eric Horvitz

Hans Moravec

Rebecca Costa

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

John Priscu

Cathy Whitlock

John Heminway


2013

Walter Elias Disney

John H. Holland

Charles W. Hull

Frans de Waal

Jean B. Sweeney

2012

Vic Hayes

Bob Metcalfe

Paul Anastas

May Berenbaum

Gary Strobel

      David Jacobs        

     Peter Belhumeur

2011

Jim Lotimer

John Kress

David Jacobs 

     Peter Belhumeur

2010

Barbara Liskov

Max Mathews

Steve Sasson

Sir Alec Jeffreys

Lynn Margulis

David Quammen

Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe

Steve Running

Michael Soulé

David Ward

2009

Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe

Steve Running

Michael Soulé

David Ward

2006

Edward O. Wilson

2005

John Blankenbaker

Ross Perot

2002

Ralph Baer

Martin Cooper

Klein Gilhousen

Leroy Hood

James Russell

Jon Titus

2001

Stan Mazor

Federico Faggin

Ted Hoff

2000

Tim Berners-Lee

Ray Tomlinson

Steve Wozniak

1999

James Harris

Vinton G. Cerf

Robert Khan

1998

Doug Engelbart 

Ed Roberts

1997

Arthur Burks

Chuan Chu

Eldon Hall

Maury Irvine

Jack Kilby

Jerry Merryman

James Van Tassel

Federico Faggin

Ted Hoff