PROFESSOR Stuart Parkin has picked up the Finnish 2014 Millennium Technology Prize for his work in large data circles.
Professor Parkin gets the acclaim and applause, and a €1m checque, for his work on spintronics, data, and the knock-on effects on things like streaming, the cloud and social networking.
"Prof. Parkin receives the 2014 Millennium Technology Prize in recognition of his discoveries, which have enabled a thousand-fold increase in the storage capacity of magnetic disk drives," said the Technology Academy FInland as it announced the prize.
"Parkin's innovations have led to a huge expansion of data acquisition and storage capacities, which in turn have underpinned the evolution of large data centres and cloud services, social networks, music and film distribution online... Our contemporary online world is largely possible because of these atomically-thin magnetic structures."
The Finnish prize is handed out every two years to someone that has impressed its judging committee. Previous winners included Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Professor Parkin is pleased with his gong, and pleased with the company that he now keeps. "I am extremely happy and excited to have won the Millennium Technology Prize because of course it's one of the most important prizes in the scientific community. It has been awarded to some really great scientists over the past decade," he said.
"The previous winners have proven to be fantastic scientists whose research has had tremendous impact. I am very humbled and proud to have been awarded the prize, which is a tremendous validation by the scientific community of my work and its impact on the world as a whole." µ