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The AITO Dahl-Nygaard Prize

In 2004, AITO established an annual prize in the name of the Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard to honor their pioneering work on object-orientation. See the new statutes of the prize for the award process approved on July 2018.

newAITO Dahl-Nygaard Prizes 2021: Call for Nominations

Because of the COVID-19 emergency, AITO decided to postpone the opening of the call for nominations for the AITO Dahl-Nygaard Prizes 2021; the committee is in the process of being formed and the new dates will be communicated as soon as possible.

The prizes are named after Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard, whose pioneering conceptual and technical work in the sixties shaped that view of programming and modeling which is now known as object-orientation.

One prize is awarded to a junior researcher (who has obtained the PhD degree at most 7 years before the award year, excluding any parental leave), and one prize to a senior researcher. The senior researcher should have made a significant long-term contribution to the field in research or engineering. The junior researcher should have made a promising contribution to the field through a paper, a thesis, or a prototype implementation.

Recipients of the Prizes

new 2020, Berlin
Jan Vitek (senior prize), and Jonathan Bell (junior prize)
2019, London
Laurie Hendren (senior prize), and Ilya Sergey (junior prize)
2018, Amsterdam
Lars Bak (senior prize), and Guoqing Harry Xu (junior prize)
2017, Barcelona
Gilad Bracha (senior prize), and Ross Tate (junior prize)
2016, Rome
James Noble (senior prize), and Emina Torlak (junior prize)
2015, Prague
Bjarne Stroustrup (senior prize), and Alexander J. Summers (junior prize)
2014, Uppsala
William Cook (senior prize), Robert France (senior prize), and Tudor Gîrba (junior prize)
2013, Montpellier
Oscar Nierstrasz (senior prize) and Matthew Parkinson (junior prize)
2012, Beijing
Gregor Kiczales (senior prize) and Tobias Wrigstad (junior prize)
2011, Lancaster
Craig Chambers (senior prize) and Atsushi Igarashi (junior prize)
2010, Maribor
Doug Lea (senior prize) and Erik Ernst (junior prize)
2009, Genoa
David Ungar (senior prize)
2008, Paphos
Akinori Yonezawa (senior prize) and Wolfgang De Meuter (junior prize)
2007, Berlin
Luca Cardelli (senior prize) and Jonathan Aldrich (junior prize)
2006, Nantes
Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, and (posthumously) John Vlissides
2005, Glasgow
Bertrand Meyer (senior prize) and Gail Murphy (junior prize)