Each year, CMG considers exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to our profession over their entire professional careers as possible recipients of the A.A. Michelson Award.The recipient is nominated and chosen by the past winners, and it has been granted to one person every year since 1974. This year I was very honored to be the recipient! It was announced on Monday 3rd December, at the start of the CMG07 conference. I gave an acceptance speech, that I have summarized into a blog post.
Albert Abraham Michelson, for whom the award is named, was known for his outstanding technical accomplishments in measuring the speed of light as well as for his role as a teacher and inspirer of others. CMG presents this lifetime achievement award to a single individual to recognize and encourage the same combination of technical excellence and professional contributions found in only an exceptional few.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years, reading the blogs, papers and books; coming to training classes; the engineers at Sun who fixed my bugs and added the features I lobbied for to make Solaris more measurable; and the friends, mentors and mentees that I have worked with for many years.