Millennium Technology Prize Laureates for 2012 Include Linus Torvalds, the Creator of Linux

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:42

Linus Torvalds PortraitLinus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux platform, was recently added to the list of Millennium Technology Prize laureates, meaning he will become one of the winners of the very sought-after prize. The winners will be awarded the prize by the Technology Academy of Finland at a special event on June 13, 2012. The prize honors people who have worked to improve the quality of human life and encouraging sustainable development. It's obvious why Torvalds is being honored with this prize: Linux is used in everything. From hospital equipment to cell phones to corporations' servers, Linux is used in more things than you probably know.

Jim Zemlin, the executive director at The Linux Foundation, said,

"The Millennium Technology Prize is like the Nobel Peace Prize of technology. Linus Torvalds embodies the innovation and collaborative spirit that this award stands for, and we congratulate him on this tremendous honor."

Past winners of this prize include Shuji Nakamura, who invented revolutionary new sources of light; Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the world wide web; and Professor Michael Gratzel, who made improvements in dye-sensitized solar cells.

You can read the full announcement on The Linux Foundation's website. If you're interested in reading more about Linus Torvalds, Wikipedia is a good place to start. To learn more about Linux history, don't forget about The Story of Linux.