USA - 2016
For the establishment and success of the Computer History Museum, one of the world's leading institutions in exploring the history of computing and its impact on society.
The ACM Distinguished Service Award is given to Leonard Shustek for the establishment and success of the Computer History Museum (CHM), one of the world's leading institutions in exploring the history of computing and its impact on society. For over twenty years, Shustek has been CHM's board chair, a strategic leader, curator, and financial supporter. He has supported CHM in activities that range from conducting oral histories to recruiting management to supporting CHM's president in budgeting and planning to negotiating with owners of historical source code to enable its release.
Today, CHM is a thriving institution dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and expanding rapidly to engage visitors around the world. CHM touches millions of lives each year through engaging exhibitions, timely and accessible content, innovative research, significant scholarship, and dynamic live programming. Shustek's early vision to explore the computer revolution and its impact on the human experience is now more than a reality. It is an inspiration to many, a platform for talking about important issues facing our world today, and the authoritative source for computing around the world. CHM emphasizes the value of history in the fast-changing world of computing. It is a world-class cultural institution.