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Linux creator in line-up for Millennium Technology Prize

The winner of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize will be announced Wednesday afternoon at 3.00 pm. The finalists for the prestigious award are the Finnish inventor of the Linux kernel of the Linux operating system Linus Torvalds, and Japanese physician and stem cell researcher Shinya Yamanaka.

Millennium-tunnuspalkinnon ottivat vastaan Vivoxid-yhtiön toimitusjohtaja Tomi Numminen (vas.), Turun yliopiston emeritusprofessori Antti Yli-Urpo ja Åbo Akademin emeritusprofessori Kaj Karsson.
Tomi Numminen, Antti Yli-Urpo and Kaj Karsson of Technology Academy Finland. Image: YLE / Markku Sandell

The one-million euro Millennium Technology Prize will be awarded at the Finnish National Opera at 3pm Wednesday afternoon.  At that time, the international selection committee for the world’s largest technology prize will announce the winner of the main award.

This year’s finalists are the Finn Linus Torvalds and Shinya Yamanaka, a Japanese researcher. Torvalds was nominated for his work in developing the source code for the Linux computer operating system, an open-source platform used in millions of computers, smartphones and digital video recorders.

Yamanaka is being recognised for his research into adult stem cells, and for developing a new method for producing stem cells without the use of embryonic stem cells. The process is in use across the world in medical applications and biotechnology research.

The prize is awarded biennially by Technology Academy Finland.

President Sauli Niinistö will present the awards at the prize-giving function.

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