On Monday evening, June 6, Charles Peskin and David McQueen of NYU received this year's ComputerWorld Smithsonian award for Breakthrough Computational Science. Here's the remarks by David McQueen when he accepted the award at the awards dinner in Washington:

We would like to thank Computerworld and the Smithsonian for giving us this award.

It is certainly an honor to be singled out as a leader, but this is really a team effort and we would like to acknowledge the support of those without whom our work could not be done.

We would like to thank Cray Research both for sponsoring this award and for providing the Cray C90 computer on which we currently do our work.

We would like to thank the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center for their support over the years. This support has come in many forms, financial and otherwise. Without the interest taken by the Mike Levine and Ralph Roskies, the Directors of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and without the support of the Center's staff, particularly Raghurama Reddy, Andrew Adams and Dave Deerfield, our work would be virtually impossible.

I would like to thank my co-winner, Charles Peskin, without whose brilliance and innovation this work would never have even begun, for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a challenging and endlessly interesting project.

I would like to thank my wife, Margie, for putting up with me when I bring work home. Thank you, Dear.

And finally, I hope no one will take it amiss if I jump the gun a little and address a few words to one of the other award winners: I would to thank Seymour Cray. The machines you have designed have always been just big enough and just fast enough to enable us to take the next step forward in this work. Without those progressively bigger and faster computers to work on over the years, I would certainly not be standing here today. I believe that the CDC6600 was the first machine you designed for Control Data Corporation. I have here a small piece of memory from the CDC6600 (serial number 4) on which we first started doing our computations. This little box, and four more just like it put together, made 4K words of 6600 memory, and the 6600 had less than 100K words altogether; things have certainly changed. I think we have used just about every machine you designed since then, and I feel like I have grown up with you. So, I would just like to say, "Thanks for the speed and thanks for the memory".

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