Finland's Linus Torvalds is joint winner of 2012 Millennium Technology Prize

Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel, is recognised for his work in open source software.

Linus Torvalds, born in Finland and now a joint Finnish-American citizen, and Dr Shinya Yamanaka from Japan, have been selected by Technology Academy Finland as the joint Grand Winners of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize, one of the world’s major technology prizes.

Linus Torvalds is the creator of the Linux kernel, a new open source operating system for computers. Today millions of people use computers, smartphones and digital video recorders that run on Linux.

According to Technology Academy Finland, Linus Torvalds’ achievements have had a great impact on shared software development, networking and the openness of the web. His work has kept the web open for the pursuit of knowledge and for the benefit of humanity – not simply for financial interests.

The Millennium Technology Prize is awarded every two years for innovations that significantly improve the quality of human life, today and in the future. Technology Academy Finland is an independent foundation established by Finnish industry in partnership with the Finnish state. This is the first time that the Millennium Technology Prize has been shared by two scientists. Both winners will receive EUR 600,000 euros in prize money.

Source: Technology Academy Finland