Open source pioneer and Linux operating system inventor, Linus Torvalds, was named co-winner of Millennium Technology Prize. The award is presented every two years by Technology Academy Finland. The grand prize is 1.2-million-euro (or $1.5 million USD). Since there are two winners this year, each winner will receive about $750,000 USD.
Torvalds is a Finnish-American software engineer and created the open source operating system which he named it as Linux. The operating system is very popular among software developers, mostly used to operate datacenters, computer servers, websites, smartphones (Google Android), and video recorders.
The other winner is Dr. Shinya Yamanaka who works on stem cell. Yamanaka is a Japanese biotechnology researcher who invented a new method to study and analyzing stem cell to improve drug testing.
The award is fully funded by the Finnish state and first presented in 2004 to Sir Tim Berners-Lee who invented WWW system.