During my time as President of ACS I bumped into John a few times. On one occasion I was in a queue of people going in to the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor. I noticed John in the queue (he was hard to miss) he made a comment about how after World War II some of his colleagues stayed in radar, some went into computing (as he did) and others into nuclear power.
In 1996 I visited the Cambridge University Computer Lab and handed the head of the lab, Professor Robin Milner, a copy of 'Computing in Australia - The development of a profession'. He looked at the cover of the book said "Ah! young John Bennett!". I had no idea what Professor Milner was talking about, until I looked at the book cover, saw John had edited it and then realised that he had studied in this lab 50 years ago.
Some information I collected on John Bennett for the ACS media release:
- First ACS President 1966.
- JRPIT special edition "A Tribute to John Benett" 2001.
- "John Makepeace Bennett – An Inspiration", by Jenny Edwards, JRPIT, 2001
- "John Bennett", Profiles in ICT series, Information Age
- Bennett, John M. (John Makepeace) (1921-), National Library opf Australia "Trove" entry.
- EDSAC 99 - Fiftieth anniversary of the EDSAC Computer, by John M. Bennett, 1999 (includes photo of J.M.Bennett working on EDSAC I, in 1947)
- Bennett J.M., Broomham R., Murton P.M., Pearcey T., Rutledge R.W. (eds.) (1994) 'Computing in Australia - The development of a profession' Hale & Iremonger in association with the Australian Computer Society Inc, 1994
- 124 other publications attributed to John Benett