The first time John Kemeny heard of the Louis Robinson Award was last summer, when the mathematician, computer scientist, and former Dartmouth College president was notified that he had won it. Now, in the second of four years in which the Robinson is slated to be given, award administrators are hoping that Kemeny's name will come to be automatically associated with the honor, which recognizes lifetime achievement in applying computer technology to education.

"It is the body of previous winners that defines what an award means," explains John Clement, a staffer with Educom, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that promotes educational uses of information technology, and the agency that oversees the award. "The hope is that the award will allow the field of information technology to really take flight."

The Robinson Award was endowed in 1990 by IBM to honor the late Louis G. Robinson, a 32-year veteran of the...

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