In a dedicated session at the JSM conference here in Vancouver, the creators of R, Robert Gentleman and Ross Ihaka, accepted their prize (announced in January, but awarded today) from the American Statistical Association for "innovation in computing, software, or graphics that has had a great impact on statistical practice or research". It's a well-justified award: as stated by the President of the Statistical Compution section of the ASA, it's hard to think of any software other than the R Project that has had more impact on statistical practice or research. Today, R is the lingua franca by which statisticians around the work converse.
Congratulations, Robert and Ross!
ASA Sections on Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics: Statistical Computing and Graphics Award