Posted by Rob Knies

Inside Microsoft ResearchCongratulations to Georges Gonthier, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, for winning the 2011 EADS Foundation Grand Prize in Computer Science.

Gonthier, who spends a significant amount of his time collaborating with French researchers from INRIA at the Microsoft Research-INRIA Joint Centre, accepted the award, presented by France’s Académie des sciences, in Paris on Nov. 22 at the Institut de France. The honor was in recognition of his achievement as a researcher in a French laboratory who has made exceptional contributions to the vitality and influence of computer-science research while building outstanding cooperation with industry.

In the week before the awards ceremony, I got a chance to interview Gonthier about the award—and about his life’s work. Please see the Q&A posted on the Microsoft Research website.

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