The Millennium Technology Prize 2008 edition is taking place, the Millennium (Finnish: Millennium-teknologiapalkinto) is one of the most important Prizes in the world of the technology since it has a dowry of 1.25 million dollars. PRIZE is granted every other year by the Finnish Academy of Technology that already has selected the four finalists. This year they will receive $ 180,000 each, this year around one hundred scientists of 27 countries participated. The selected scientists are:
Alec Jeffreys, University professor of Genetics of the University of Leicester, for the discovery of the DNA tracks.
Robert Langer, University professor of Sciences and Technologies of the Health of the MIT, for the innovations in the field of the biotechnology. Millennium Technology PRIZE
Andrew Viterbi, Professor of the University of Southern California, for the invention of a key algorithm in the creation of systems of digital and wireless communications.
Emmanuel Desurvire (France), Randy Giles (the United States) and David Payne (United Kingdom), for its innovations in the field of the optical fiber of high capacity.
Previously to the Prizes of 2008 two editions have been celebrated in which the winners have been in 2004 Tim Berners-Lee for the invention of the World Wide Web and in 2006 Shuji Nakamura for the invention of the LED’s
The Millennium Technology Prize wants to be a tribute from Finland to a technological invention that has contributed substantially to improve the quality of the human life, at the present time and also in the future. It is becoming very prestigious as is called the Nobel of Technology.