The 2004 Richard D. Jenks Memorial Prize for Excellence in Software Engineering for Computer Algebra was awarded to the Singular team at the International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation (ISSAC) 2004 in Santander (Spain). ISSAC is the yearly premier international symposium in Symbolic and Algebraic Computation.
".... I am pleased to inform you that the 2004 Richard D. Jenks Memorial Prize for Excellence in Software Engineering for Computer Algebra will be awarded to the Singular team at the 2004 ISSAC meeting. ..... Once again congratulations for the fine work of your team that resulted in this award. There were a number of outstanding candidates for the prize that made the selection of a winner properly difficult and competitive. Your winning the award is a result of which you can justifiably be very proud."
(extracted from the notification by the Jenks prize committee)
A respected scientist from the USA wrote the following in support of the Singular nomination:
"I have been using Singular for serious polynomial manipulations since 1996. ... Singular is not hard to use, the C-like syntax enables rank amateurs like myself to write complicated yet transparent code without a knowledge of the finer points of computer programming or data structures. Its excellent on-line manual removes the fear of using new parts of the package. ... Certainly the Singular Team, or other letter writers will tell you about the internal reasons that Singular is a great piece of symbolic computing software. My perspective as a user should tell you that it passes the most important (and perhaps hardest) test: Is the software sufficiently easy to use, well-designed and versatile enough for others to choose to use it in their work. In my perspective, it is at the head of its class by this measure."
(citation from ' Richard Dimick Jenks Memorial Prize 2004 Award').