Over the next several months, ACM will celebrate 50 years of the Turing Award, highlighting the impacts of the visionaries who have received it.

ACM’s most prestigious award, the A.M. Turing Award is presented annually to recognise major contributions of lasting importance to computing, and includes a $1 million prize funded by Google.

Since its inception in 1966, the Turing Award has honoured computer scientists and engineers who created the systems and underlying theoretical foundations that have propelled the information technology industry.

The ACM plans to highlight the significant impact of the contributions of Turing Laureates on computing and society, to look ahead to the future of technology and innovation, and to help inspire the next generation of computer scientists to invent and dream.

The celebrations will culminate with a conference from 23-24 June 2017 in San Francisco.

Turning’s work in cracking the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park during World War II was portrayed in the 2014 movie “The Imitation Game”, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.