Gordon Bell, Alexander Szalay, and Jan Vandenberg
Gordon Bell has been a principal researcher at Microsoft Research since 1995. He is the former vice president of R&D at Digital Equipment Corporation; professor at Carnegie-Mellon University; founding assistant director of the National Science Foundation’s CISE Directorate;; advisor/investor to 100+ High Tech start-up companies (1983- ); and a founding trustee of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. He has written several books about computer architecture and High Tech Ventures. Gordon created ACM’s Gordon Bell Prize in 1987 to acknowledge and reward progress in parallel processing. He is a fellow of the ACM, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, IEEE, NAE, NAS, and 1991 National Medal of Technology medalist
Alexander Szalay is the Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He is a cosmologist, working on the statistical measures of the spatial distribution of galaxies and galaxy formation. He was born and educated in Hungary. He is the architect for the Science Archive of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. He is Project Director of the NSF-funded National Virtual Observatory. He has written over 450 papers in various scientific journals, covering areas from theoretical cosmology to observational astronomy, spatial statistics and computer science. In 1990 he has been elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a Corresponding Member, and in 2003 as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.