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Public recognition of Dan Bricklin's work
Some of the awards Dan has received and some of the most visible press coverage
Dan Bricklin has been an active part of the computing industry continually since the 1970's. He has developed numerous products. His most notable creations were VisiCalc in 1979, the first electronic spreadsheet as we know them today, Dan Bricklin's Demo Program in the mid-1980's, a rapid prototyping tool used by programmers, marketers, and trainers, and the Trellix website authoring tools of the late 1990's and early 2000's. He has also been an inside observer of the computer industry and commentator on technology sought out by the press throughout that time. Here is just some of the public recognition for his work:
Awards Dan has received
Dan has received numerous awards for his work. They include:
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): both the 1981 Grace Murray Hopper Award (given, for example, in 1979 to Stephen Wozniak of Apple) and the 1985 Software System Award (given in 1983 to Thompson and Ritchie for developing UNIX)
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE): the 1996 Computer Entrepreneur Award (given in 1995 to William Hewlett and David Packard and in 1997 to Bill Gates)
Western Society of Engineers: the 2001 Washington Award (given in 1927 to Orville Wright, in 1944 to Henry Ford, and 1980 to Neil Armstrong)
PC Magazine: the 1991 Lifetime Achievement Award
Computer Reseller News: inducted in 1998 to their Industry Hall of Fame
Software Publishers Association (now the Software & Information Industry Association): the 1987 Excellence in Software Award for Best Programming Tool for his "Dan Bricklin's Demo Program" and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award
IDG Demo conference: 1996 and 2000 "Demo God" Award as a presenter
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Infosys Technologies: the 2003 Wharton Infosys Technology Change Leader Award
In 2003 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
The following plaque commemorating Dan's work hangs in a classroom at the Harvard Business School. At the time it was hung by the school's administration, it was the only plaque in a classroom at the school:
Plaque hanging in Harvard Business School classroom
Dan in the popular press
Over the years Dan and his work has been profiled in many major popular publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., and Business 2.0. He has also been the subject of segments on public television (including Triumph of the Nerds), CNBC, and overseas media including NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). He has been repeatedly quoted in many of those publications on various technology topics, and has been interviewed on NPR, CBS Radio, and many business or technology radio programs.
Here are images from some of the more visible coverage that range over a 20 year period:
As part of one of the first articles in a business magazine about the PC software industry, Dan appeared on the cover of Inc. Magazine in January 1982. In a related story, he is shown in a collage with PC pioneers Bill Gates and Paul Allen of Microsoft and Mitch Kapor of Lotus.
Dan returned to the cover of Inc. Magazine in July 1989 in an article about being an entrepreneur, including the ups and downs and dealing with failure. He was also featured on the cover of Internet World Magazine in May 2001 which included a lengthy interview with him on the use of the Internet by regular people and small business.
In June 1992 Computerworld published a special 25th anniversary edition with profiles of "25 People Who Changed The World." It included Dan along with Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, H. Ross Perot, and Andy Grove. Dan's profile was given the center spread.
Dan was featured in the 1996 documentary "Triumph of the Nerds" that appeared on public television for many years.
An essay by Dan was included in the September 2001 issue of Harvard Business Review. In it he discusses his life as an entrepreneur and lessons that he's learned. Included with the article was a sidebar reprint of the "What Will People Pay For?" essay from his website.
Dan has spoken at numerous conferences. Venues have included:
Esther Dyson's PC Forum
World Leadership Forum of the Foreign Policy Association
Digital Storytelling Festival
Society of American Archivists
General Services Administration
US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
Private company customer meetings
Harvard Business School
MIT Sloan School
Maine Software & Information Technology Industry Association
Basex Communities Conference
O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference
Infoworld CTO Conference
Microsoft Professional Developers Conference
Future Forward Nantucket Conference
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