The creator of Linux received the Millennium Award technological

Linus Torvalds was awarded the Prize of the Millennium Technology (Millennium Technology Prize 2012). He shared the prize with Japanese scientist Xingyi Yamanaka, reported at the Finnish Academy of Technology, which awards the prize.

Torvalds received the award for the creation of the core Linux, and Yamanaka - for the discovery of a new method of obtaining stem cells induced. Development of the Japanese scientist may be used to create tissue implants, as well as to fight cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a press release.

This is the first time prize is awarded to two people simultaneously. The size of awards is 1.2 million euros. Torvalds and Yamanaka will receive 600,000 euros each. Prize awarded by the President of Finland. Currently holds this position Sauli Niiniste.

Award of the Millennium Technology is awarded every two years for achievements that have changed the quality of life and precipitated the scientists to new research. In the past, the award received a programmer Tim Berners-Lee, a biotechnologist Robert Langer and physicist Michael Grettselya.

To develop the Linux kernel, Torvalds began in 1991. The kernel is licensed under the GNU, but Torvalds continues to control the release of his “official” versions. Technology Academy of Finland notes that the programmers spent on improving the core 73,000 chelov

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