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Receiving any award at all is worthy, but the degree of the worth depends quite a lot on who is doing the honoring, and the field of competition. The most prestigious award in Computer Science is the Turing Award, which is given by the ACM to one person each year for lifetime achievements. The professional organizations also give a number of lesser achievement awards, for lifetime work or for specific projects. Some conferences give awards to one or more outstanding papers. Being invited to give a keynote talk at a conference, to contribute a featured paper to a special issue of a major journal, to serve as editor of a major journal, or to serve on an important national government advisory committee are all considered honors.

Ted Baker