[Haskell-cafe] SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award

Isaac Potoczny-Jones ijones at galois.com
Tue Jun 7 19:53:22 CEST 2011

I'm pleased to be able to relay the following announcement from ACM SIGPLAN:

The SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award is awarded to an 
institution or individual(s) to recognize the development a software 
system that has had a significant impact on programming language 
research, implementations, and tools. The impact may be reflected in the 
wide-spread adoption of the system or its underlying concepts by the 
wider programming language community either in research projects, in the 
open-source community, or commercially. The award includes a prize of 

For 2011, the winners of the award are

Simon Peyton Jones and Simon Marlow of
Microsoft Research, Cambridge, for GHC

The award winners are donating the entirety of the prize money to 


Simon Peyton Jones and Simon Marlow receive the SIGPLAN Software Award 
as the authors of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC), which is the 
preeminent lazy functional programming system for industry, teaching, 
and research. GHC has not only provided a language implementation, but 
also established the whole paradigm of lazy functional programming and 
formed the foundation  of a large and enthusiastic user community.

GHC's flexibility has supported experimental research on programming 
language design in areas as diverse as monads, generalized algebraic 
data types, rank-N polymorphism, and software transactional memory. 
Indeed, a large share of the research on lazy functional programming in 
the last 5–10 years has been carried out with GHC.

Simultaneously, GHC's reliability and efficiency has encouraged 
commercial adoption, in the financial sector in institutions like Credit 
Suisse and Standard Chartered Bank, and for high assurance software in 
companies like Amgen, Eaton, and Galois.

A measure of GHC's influence is the way that many of the ideas of purely 
functional, "typeful programming" have been carried into newer languages 
and language features. including C#, F#, Java Generics, LINQ, Perl 6, 
Python, and Visual Basic 9.0.

Peyton Jones and Marlow have been visionary in the way that they have 
transitioned research into practice.  They have been role models and 
leaders in creating the large and diverse Haskell community, and have 
made GHC an industrial-strength platform for commercial development as 
well as for research.



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