International book prize for Indian author

Bengaluru, Jun 26: Indian columnist and author Dinesh C Sharma has been named winner of the Computer History Museum Book Prize for his book, The Outsourcer: The Story of India's IT Revolution.

The prize was given by the Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS) for the History of Technology.

It was presented to Sharma at the annual meeting of the society in Singapore today. The award, which includes prize money of USD 1000 comes from an endowment established by the estate of Paul Baran, a computer technology pioneer known for his contributions to packet-switched networking.

The Computer History Museum Prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding book in the history of computing broadly conceived, published during the prior three years.

Sharma's book, published by MIT Press in 2015, is a panoramic history of development of software and information technology in India spanning almost half a century.

The book is "well-grounded in sources and interviews" and "full of fascinating stories on the beginnings of computing in India," the award committee noted, according to a release issued here by Sharma. 


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