Would Turing care about winning the Turing Award?

Recently, there was an article in CACM titled Would Turing have won the Turing Award? However, my immediate thought when I heard about the article was

Would Turing care about winning the Turing award?

Honestly, I believe he would care about neither the award nor winning it.

My reason is that almost always mavericks don’t care about external validations; more so, validations based on committees and prevalent views. If given an award, they may humbly accept it or politely reject it (to make a point). But, they wouldn’t bother about the award.

I believe mavericks are moved by use and impact of their contributions. I believe they are more interested in feedback from their peers who they deeply respect and folks who offer honest and genuine opinion.

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Programming, experimenting, writing | Past: SWE, Researcher, Professor | Present: SWE

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