The "world’s largest society of educational and academic computer scientists" recognized the project, which was co-led by UC Berkeley assistant professor in statistics, Fernando Perez.
More than 2 million of the notebooks are hosted on GitHub, covering course information, books, documentation, even some of the details behind the discovery of gravitational waves, which was recognized with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. The notebooks have been published so all analysis can be replicated.
Jupyter was originally developed as IPython, "an interactive add-on to the Python programming language" that built "a unified environment for scientific computing" as reported by the UC IT Blog.
The project is expanding with funds from companies and the U.S. Department of Energy. Microsoft, Google and IBM use the technology, as well as students across the UC system, high schools and other education institutions.