The Association of Computing Machinery's (ACM) SIGPLAN has awarded Barbara Liskov the 2008 Programming Languages Achievement Award. The annual award is given to recognize an individual (or individuals) who has (have) made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of programming languages. The contribution can be a single event or a life-time of achievement and includes a prize of $5,000.
The presentation was made at the annual ACM Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI) conference held this year in Tucson, Arizona from June 9 -13. The ACM PLDI is the premier forum for researchers, developers, practitioners, and students to present research on programming language design and implementation.
Barbara Liskov, Ford Professor of Engineering and head of the Programming Methodology Group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, is noted for her research in programming methodology, programming languages and systems, and distributed computing. Liskov's major efforts include the design and implementation of CLU, the first language to support data abstraction; the design and implementation of Argus, the first high-level language to support implementation of distributed programs; and the Thor object-oriented database system, which provides transactional access to persistent, highly-available objects in wide-scale distributed environments. Her current research interests include Byzantine-fault-tolerant storage systems, peer-to-peer computing, and support for automatic deployment of software upgrades in large-scale distributed systems.