Saturday, August 11th, 2012
The 2012 Pearcey Medal for outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the IT professions, research and industry has been awarded to Dr Mal Bryce.

Announcing the award last night, Chair of the Pearcey Foundation, Wayne Fitzsimmons, said Dr Bryce was an outstanding individual whose contribution to the ICT industry had been exemplary.

“Mal Bryce has been a champion of the Australian ICT industry and profession since the late 1970s and during his career as a company director, corporate manager, senior consultant and cabinet minister in the 1980s has focussed on developing companies, communities and public policy to harness the power of Information and Communications Technology,” Mr Fitzsimmons said.

“Throughout the 1990s he was a leading Australian pioneer in the development of the Internet Industry and the application of the Internet to business, government agencies and communities. He was the architect of Australia’s first (and one of the world’s first) Internet-enabled online communities in Ipswich, Queensland (1993) and he led the team that implemented Australia’s first community driven eCommerce Project.”

Dr Bryce’s book, Australia’s First Online Community, published in 2010 is a case study in IT-led economic development and he is currently undertaking research for his next book, on the role of the ICT sector in the emergence of the knowledge economy in Australia

Dr Bryce was honoured by WAITTA (the WA IT and Telecommunications Awards) in 2002 as the “WAITTA Achiever of the Year”.

Mr Fitzsimons aid the Pearcey Foundation made awards to outstanding individuals across the Australian ICT sector and these awards celebrated achievements in appreciation of the contribution of Australia’s technology pioneers.

“The Pearcey Medal is presented in memory of Australia’s great ICT pioneer Dr Trevor Pearcey, and Mal Bryce is a most worthy recipient of this great honour,” Mr Fitzsimmons said.

“Mal meets the Pearcey Medal criteria of being a person who, like Trevor Pearcey, has by hard work, intelligence, and dedication made a major and continuing contribution to Australia's and the world's IT industry and research and is an great example of what Australians can and have achieved in this industry.”

Mr Fitzsimmons said in selecting Dr Bryce to be this year’s Pearcey Medal recipient, the judges looked for a contribution which was above and beyond what could be considered appropriate to the job functions performed.

The medal was presented by Len Rust of the National Committee of the Pearcey Foundation, at a gala function attended by Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy, and

Gordon Rich-Phillips, Victorian Minister for Technology, in addition to some 800 industry figures from across the country.

During the evening, Dr Greg Clark and Professor Craig Mudge, were inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame by Mr Rust for their outstanding contributions to the ICT industry.

Dr Greg Clark
Dr Clark is perhaps best known for his 14 years at IBM (1980-1994) where he published more 130 papers in archived journals and was granted 18 patents.

Dr Clark is clearly a notable scientist, commencing with his PhD at ANU in the late 1960s in the area of low energy nuclear physics, followed by stints at UK Atomic Energy in Harwell (1969-1972), US Atomic Energy at Oakridge National Lab (1976-1977) and then back to Australia at CSIRO’s Mineral Physics (1973-80).

He balanced his scientific interest with an outstanding business record including presidency of News Corp’s Technology Group and membership of News Executive committee (1993-1999). After his departure from News Corporation he spent seven years in senior executive roles at Loral Space & Communications (1999-2001) and Knowledge Universe Corp (a private investment vehicle focussed on technology, health and education verticals) and from where he returned to Australia in 2006.

Since then he has started KaComms, a small communications company focussed on high-speed broadband communications services to rural and remote communities in Australia. As well his firm, Clark Capital Partners, advises on technology and the technology market space. Since 2006 he has also been a visiting professor at ANU.

Dr Clark has had a remarkably broad and international professional career, he has demonstrated the classic Australian pioneering spirit in ICT initiating a number of major computing projects and developing many collaborative efforts between US and Australian researchers.

In addition, he mentored many young aspiring Australian researchers having a go in the US over his 30 years in that country. Two, of many, outstanding recognition awards he received include the appointment in 1991 as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and the presentation by the Israeli Government of the 2005 Einstein Medal.

Professor Craig Mudge
Craig Mudge has worked extensively in the US and Australia since completing his undergraduate degree at ANU. After completing his PhD in the US, he led the legendary Xerox PARC computer science lab, the source of many technologies that are commonplace today. From Adelaide and Silicon Valley today, he operates Pacific Challenge, a strategy consultancy working with both startups and established firms.

He was founding CEO of a semiconductor start-up, Austek Microsystems and after a first-round financing of $US 6.7 million in 1984, his company developed the world’s first single-chip cache controller and other complex logic chips used by global PC manufacturers, as well as the first asynchronous logic VLSI chip. He was a computer designer at Digital Equipment in Boston and founded and led micro-chip research at CSIRO

He co-authored Computer Engineering with Gordon Bell, has published more than 60 papers, and holds six patents. He has held faculty positions in Computer Science at Caltech, Carnegie Mellon University, Flinders University, Macquarie University and currently Adelaide University. He recently chaired an ATSE committee on Cloud Computing. He is currently working with CSIRO ICT Centre.

Professor Mudge holds a Ph.D in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in mathematics, statistics, and economics from the ANU. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Science, Technology and Engineering (ATSE).

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