Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fifty Years of Computing in Canberra

Greetings from the National Museum of Australia where the Canberra Branch is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its formation (as the Canberra Computer Society in 1965, with Trevor Pearcey as chair and Don Overheu as Vice Chair). The ACT Chief Minister opened the event and noted some of the government's recent initiatives to assist the STEM in Canberra. A special presentation was made to Mr Barry W. Smith, founding Secretary of the Canberra Computer Society (who started in computing 57 years ago). It turned out that a photo of a computer at the Australian National University from 1964 showing someone sitting at a console was of a much younger Barry Smith, who also introduced computing courses at the university. Barry was then presented with honorary membership of the ACS.

ps: In 1993 I named a fictional data center in honor  of Don Overheu. In 1996 I had the honor of being elected president of the ACS.

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