the Evening of 24 February 2004 during a formal dinner held in Washington
D.C., the National
Academy of Engineering awarded the Charles
Stark Draper Prize to Alan C. Kay, Butler W. Lampson,
Robert W. Taylor and Charles P. Thacker,
"for the vision, conception, and development of the principles
for, and their effective integration in, the world's first practical
networked personal computers."
According to National Academy of Engineering President Wm. A. Wulf,
"These four prize recipients were the indispensable core of
an amazing group of engineering minds that redefined the nature
and purpose of computing."
The honorees will share a prize that is endowed by the Charles
Stark Draper Laboratory, an independent not-for-profit lab devoted
to engineering development, education and technology transfer.
In his remarks to
the assembly Alan said, "The ARPA/PARC research context
and community catalyzed researchers to be incredibly better dreamers
and thinkers. This context was itself a great work of art, confirmed
by the world-changing results that appeared so swiftly, and almost
We here at Squeakland offer our most heartfelt congratulations to
Alan Kay, David Smith, Patrick Scaglia (HP Labs), David Reed (HP
Labs and MIT)