A language implicitly defines a machine. Panini is credited with the invention of the first formal notation to describe languages. The Panini notation first used to formalize the Sanskrit grammar is used to this day for describing the grammar for all languages -- including programming languages.

Panini who lived over 5000 years ago in India, is considered a founding father of linguistics and machines.

The Panini Award is given away each year to a team and leader that through sheer excellence, team work and collaboration have made a path breaking contribution to the promotion of computer science theory and practice.

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