Cheers From ACM's Holiday
Party Cruise The nipped cheeks and red noses pictured here are from Headquarters' annual Yuletide festivities--for the second year in a row, aboard the yacht called the Spirit of New York. The deckhands and ACMers cruised up the East River, back down around the tip of Manhattan, passed Lady Liberty, and sailed up the Hudson River before docking nearly two hours later.
Charles L. Bradshaw Receives
Distinguished Service Award
Charles L. Bradshaw, chair of the Computer Science Department at Mississippi State University, is the recipient of the 1988 ACM Distinguished Service Award, given "in recognition of more than 35 years of valuable and lasting contributions and service to the government, academic and professional computing community as a computer scientist, educator, administrator, and ACM leader." The award was presented to Bradshaw during the ACM Computer Science Conference (CSC) last month in Louisville, Kentucky.
Bradshaw has been a major force in the advancement of scientific computer systems in the southeastern United States. His major contributions in the field of scientific computing began at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1953 and continued at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, from 1956 to 1968. As deputy director of the Computation Laboratory and personal advisor to Dr. Wernher Von Braun, Bradshaw played an instrumental role in the development of the Redstone, Mercury, Jupiter, Explorer, Juno, Apollo, and Saturn projects. From 1971 until his retirement last year, Bradshaw was the director of computing at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was responsible for providing computer resources to the faculty, students, and staff.
Bradshaw's voluntary service to the computing profession has spanned more than 25 years, first as a founder of the Mid-Southeast Chapter of ACM and then through a succession of national ACM offices, including Association Secretary and Chair of the SIG Committee, the Awards Committee, and the 1980 ACM Annual Conference in Nashville.
Bradshaw received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Tennessee Technological University in 1947 and was awarded his M.S., also in mathematics, from the University of Tennessee in 1950.
Guy F. Steele Jr. Receives
Grace Murray Hopper Award
Dr. Guy L. Steele Jr., senior scientist at the Thinking Machines Corp., Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the recipient of the 1988 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award. The $3,000 award was presented to him during CSC in Louisville last month. He was honored for "his general contributions to the development of Higher Order Symbolic Programming, principally for his advancement of lexical scoping in LISP."
Steele has written more than 24 technical papers on the subject of LISP language and its implementation, including a series with Gerald Jay Sussman that defined the Scheme dialect of LISP. He is also the author or co-author of three books: Common LISP: The Language (Digital Press, 1984); C: A Reference Manual (Prentice-Hall, 1984 and 1987); and The Hacker's Dictionary (Harper & Row, 1983). At Thinking Machines Corporation, Steele is responsible for the design and implementation of parallel programming languages and other systems software for the Connection Machine computer system.
Steele received his B.A. degree in applied mathematics from Harvard College (1975) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science and artificial intelligence from MIT in 1977 and 1980, respectively.
The award, named in honor of computer pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, has been given annually since 1971 to recognize young persons who have made an outstanding technical contribution to the computer industry while 30 years old or younger.
Thomas A. DeFanti Receives
Outstanding Contribution Award
Dr. Thomas A. DeFanti, professor and director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was awarded the 1988 ACM Outstanding Contribution Award at CSC '89.
The Association cited DeFanti "for recognizing the need for a new form of publication for video graphics; for originating the ACM SIGGRAPH Video Review; for doing the day-to-day work of preparing and distributing it over a period of years; for the impact on teaching of computer graphics and on the dissemination of the best work in that field."
DeFanti created the first SIGGRAPH Video Review in 1980 from material contained in presentations at the SIGGRAPH '79 Conference, thereby setting the style for the mix of scientific, artistic, and commercial segments covering the broad range of computer graphics. His eight-year commitment to building the SIGGRAPH Video Review to its current status as a medium for video publication is a unique professional contribution. He continues to serve as its editor, managing its production, duplication, advertising, and promotion efforts.
DeFanti was chair of SIGGRAPH from 1981 to 1985. He has many published articles on various aspects of computer graphics. DeFanti is presently a member of the Editorial Boards of the quarterly IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, The Visual Computer, and the World Scientific Publishing Co.
He received his B.S. degree from Queens College, New York, in 1969 (Phi Beta Kappa) and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University in computer and information science, in 1970 and 1973, respectively.