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The Turing Award is given out annually to honor the most influential figure in computing. This year, the coveted prize goes to Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet.

Metcalfe is widely known as the “father of Ethernet” for his role in developing the technology in the early 1970s while working at Xerox PARC. Ethernet has since become the standard method for connecting computers and other devices on local area networks.

The Turing Award is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing” and comes with a $1 million prize. Metcalfe will donate his prize money to charity.

Metcalfe is currently a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses on entrepreneurship and innovation. In an interview with UT News, Metcalfe said he was “thrilled and humbled” to receive the Turing Award.

“I’m thrilled because it’s an amazing prize, and I’m humbled because I know all the amazing people who have won it before me,” Metcalfe said.

Metcalfe joins a prestigious group of Turing Award winners that includes some of the most influential figures in computing, such as Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, and Bill Gates.

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