Hall of Fame
View ACS's honorary list of life members and fellows.
View ACS's honorary list of life members and fellows.
A member that is recognised by ACS for their outstanding contribution may be elected as an Honorary Life Member.
For information on the eligibility criteria, visit ACS Guidelines for Membership.
A Fellow of ACS is a person who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of ICT in Australia and is a member of the professional division of ACS.
For information on ACS's Fellows Membership Grade, please refer to ACS Guidelines for Membership.
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For all inquiries about ACS recognition awards, please send an email to [email protected]
Honorary Life Members 2020-2029
Honorary Life Members 2010-2019
Honorary Life Members 2000-2009
Honorary Life Members 1977-1999
Ms Aynsley has contributed significantly to the Society through many years in elective office, including as Branch Chair and National Vice President, and has been involved in the provision of significant member service, and in the review of both Branch and National Governance. Brenda established the PC Recycling SIG which has provided substantial community outreach, including both “work for the dole” participation and the provision of refurbished PCs to the disadvantaged and needy
Bob Cross has contributed to the advancement of the Australian Computer Society at Branch and National Level. He has been an active member of the Western Australian Branch Executive since 2002 and was Branch Chair 2003- 2004. He was a leading contributor to the reorganisation of the Branch management, which has proved extremely effective in improving Branch activities on behalf of members. He was instrumental in raising the profile of ACS within Western Australian industry and professional circles and improving liaison with other organisations and government. Bob was a foundation member of the Board of the WA Chapter of ACS Foundation and has worked actively to further the aims of the Foundation’ Bob has been a Branch Councillor and National Councillor forfive years and ACSNational Treasurer for three years. He has been an advocate change to ACS governance and improvement in the Management Committee structure. He has been instrumental in changing the financial governance structure of the ACS to align budget provisions with the ACS Strategic Plan. Bob contributed to the upgrading of the ACS Certification structure and has been a passionate advocate for development of ACS as a strong ethically based professional body to maintain standards within the ICT industry.
Edward Mandla was President of the ACS for 2004 - 2005 during which his unstinting efforts appreciably raised the public profile of the Society to new levels. As President, Edward lead the IT industry and the ACS into a new era of policy development, government awareness and debate on its role in Australia. As a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and PC Authority, Edward helped increase the community's awareness of IT by promoting the presence of the ACS in its consideration of information and communications technology matters. His work, energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the ACS, as President and a Member, have superbly assisted the ACS in its public and professional growth and development, and meet the criteria for recognition as an Honorary Life Member.
Laurie Griffiths was a foundation committee member of the Victorian Computer Society at its inauguration in 1961 until the Australian Computer Society was formed from a federation of the various State and Territory societies in 1966. Laurie, as a committee member of the Victorian Computer Society, worked actively with others to ensure that the federation was a success. The early intention was to form a federated society consisting of one half academics and the other half commercial members. During the period 1961 to 1966 he organised the monthly meetings of the Victorian Computer Society which were held, depending on availability, in the Shell or National Mutual theatrettes. As a committee member of the Victorian Computer Society Laurie, with others, worked tirelessly forthe incorporation of the emerging Australian Computer Society. Initially the various computing societies were not able to engage in certain activities such as presenting conferences and the like because an organisation known as ANCAC had the authority to present conferences in computing. Laurie, together with Lawrence Khon, kept ANCAC in being until a handover of its powers could be incorporated into the ACS in 1966. Laurie, as a member of ANCAC and the Victorian Computer Society was a member of the organising committee which, on behalf of those two bodies, presented the first Victorian Computer Society conference in 1963. This was well attended and the proceedings are located in the archives. As you would guess there was a balance between academia and commerce. Laurie was an active member of the ACS committee which developed the guidelines for the award of Fellow (FACS) of the ACS. The outcome of the committee deliberations resulted in the foundation of the College of Fellows together with appropriate guidelines. He was appointed as a Fellow (FACS) of the Society in 1970. Laurie is now a young and active ninety-year-old, and has been a continuous financial member of the Society for 47 years. He is one of the very few people still alive who commenced with mechanical accounting machines, proceeded to punched card devices, and on to real computers commencing with the very early ones. Believe it or not he used them for commercial purposes keeping in mind that commerce was just as important as academia. Finally, it is clear that Laurie has made many outstanding contributions to the Australian Computer Society over many years, particularly in the earlier times. He richly deserves the award of Honorary Life Member of the Society.
Vernice Hunt has provided the Australian Computer Society and Its South Australian Branch with 28 years of sustained and commendable service including 25 years as Branch Honorary Secretary. Vernice was invited to the Branch Executive Committee in February 978 by the then Branch Chairman, Bob Northcote, to run a branch conference. In February 1981, Vernice was appointed Branch Honorary Secretary and Branch Administrator, both positions she still holds. In this time Vernice leas supported 12 Branch Chairmen and their Branch Executive Committees. Vernice has been the administrative backbone of 11 branch conferences and 2 major National Conferences, ACC '87 and ACC '91. Vernice's role as Branch Administrator has encompassed all of the operations of the branch including Branch Magazine editor, being the face of ACS at local conferences, exhibitions, career nights and other ACS events too numerous to mention. In addition to these activities, Vernice has run her own business, which at its peak provided employment for 8 staff. Vernice has already been recognized by the ACC '91 Executive Committee for her contribution to the success of that conference and by the ACS with a Certificate of Merit for 20 years of service.
Denis Street has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian Computer Society in that the ACS has been substantially, demonstrably and positively changed by his contributions. He has been involved on executive positions in both State BECs and National Office since 1983. He held the position of Treasurer in the Canberra Branch from 1983 to 1987 and Treasurer of the Victorian Branch from 1988 to 1999 and again from 2003 to 2005. As National Vice President he was a member of ACS Council and the ACS Management Committee from 1996 to 2000. He has also made a significant contribution as a Member of some of the Boards of ACS Council and of major reviews of the ACS. Denis was also a member of the ACS Towards 2000 Task Force and as such was a key person in the restructure of the ACS. The membership restructure at the time was considered the most significant in the Society's 30-year history and paved the way for the ACS to be accepted as a member of Professions Australia.
Philip Argy has made an outstanding contribution to ACS over many years including NSW Branch Chair for two years, National Vice President for 5 years, Chair of ELSIC for the past nine years and a member of the ACS Disciplinary Committee since1996. Philip has combined his two professions (Law and IT) for the benefit of the Society and the community. Philip is also past president and founding member of the NSW Society for Computers and the Law, is on the World Intellectual Property Organisation Panel of Arbitrators, was nominated as one of the 50 most influential people in Australia in IT in 1996, was a ComputerWorld Fellow for 1997, is National Chair of the eCommerce Committee of the Law council of Australia and past Chairman of the Information Technology sub-committee. Within the ACS Philip has undertaken an oversight role on a number of significant projects, including a review the national web site, a review of the national membership database and is champion/sponsor for the new Skills Assessment database. On behalf of ACS and its members he has written numerous submissions to governments and has appeared as an expert witness before Senate committee hearings.
Richard Hogg has made an outstanding and long term contribution to ACS over many years, He has been a member of the Victorian Branch for 17 years and for three of those years was Branch Chair and member of the National Council and then National President. He currently serves as Immediate Past President and is Vice-President of SEARCC and Chairman of SEARCC 2005. He has also contributed to many important activities of the ACS both at Branch and National level. During his years ofservice Richard has been able to influence the policies of governments, both State andFederal. During this time Richard has also made a substantial and commendable voluntary contribution to the ACS and the wider community which resulted in awarding him a Centenary of Federation Medal. He has been admitted to the rank of Pearcey Companion by the Pearcey Foundation as reward for his contributions to that body.
Judith Hammond joined the Australian Computer Society in 1968 and has made significant contributions to the Society at state and national levels. She has been NSW Vice-Chairman. At national level,she was Director of the Community Affairs Board (responsible for Computer Education, Community Engagement, Young IT and Women in IT). She was Chair of the ACS National Education Committee, and a member of the ACS Social, Economic and Legal ImplicationsCommittee. Australian Computer Society | Hall of Fame | 2018 Page 13 She contributed a chapter on “ACS and Computer Education” for the ACS book, “Computing in Australia”, 1994, edited by J. Bennett, R Broomham, P. Murton, T. Pearcey and R. Rutledge. She was an ACS representative in IFIP, where she was Chair of TC13 (Human Computer Interaction), and member of several IFIP Education Working Committees. She was the first woman to chair an IFIP Technical Committee. She was the ACS representative on the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies, where she was Vice-President, 1989-1991. She created videos for the ACS for the purpose of educating the community and schools about IT and its development. In addition, she ran regular radio programmes on 2SER for the ACS. She published widely in the areas of social implications and human-computer interaction. She has been awarded many honours in Asia and Australia
John Ridge has played an active and commendable part in the affairs of the Society over many years and has been a member of the ACS since 1991. He has served in many roles with ACS culminating in his term as President in2000-2001. His term as NSW Branch Chair saw an unprecedented growth in membership. The ACS Foundation was John’s brainchild. He devised it, identified and appointed an Executive Director and ensured that it was launched with appropriate coverage. He continues to work towards its growing success. He has also been influential in the introduction of the ICDL Program to NSW government agencies. He continues to serve as Director of the Marketing Board and as Chair of the ACS Foundation Board.
Tom Worthington has been elected an Honorary Life Member in recognition of a significant contribution to the Australian Computer Society, at Canberra Branch and National level, over an extended period of time. Tom has been involved in the affairs of the Society formany years. He has been Canberra Branch President, ACS President, Community Affairs Board Director and Publications Board Director (a position he continues to hold). In this latter role he has been instrumental in moving the Society into electronic publishing, a passion which he has also made international contributionsto. Australian Computer Society | Hall of Fame | 2018 Page 14 He is heavily involved in educating the community on IT matters, through regular radio appearances and forum presentations. He is the founder and driving force behind an Internet group that aims to dispel myths about the Internet. He was involved in the Olympic Games IT infrastructure and has been very active in raising the awareness of the need for proper design standards being imposed on web design for the disabled.
Jim Ellis has been elected an Honorary Life Member in recognition of a significant contribution to the Australian Computer Society, at Western Australia Branch and National level, over an extended period of time. He initiated Young ACS in Western Australia, an initiative that was then adopted in other states. He formalized marketing efforts of ACS with the introduction of a marketing subcommittee, introducing initiatives that continue to contribute to development of the Society. He conceived and has organized and chaired the highly successful WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (WAITTA), now in its tenth year. These awards have forged an invaluable recognition of ACS within industry and academia. Jim is a commendable member of the Society, providing initiatives and direction that have enhanced both Branch and National operations through two decades.
Dr John O’Sullivan has been elected an Honorary Life Member in recognition of long and distinguished service to the Australian Computer Society in Western Australia. In particular, he is an active member of the Branch Executive Council and has served in many roles for the past eighteen years, often at times when such assistance was invaluable to the Branch. As editor of the Branch journal on two separate occasions,he has provided a professional level of communication to members. He has directly organized three Branch conferences and has provided assistance to a number of others. At a time when the branch experienced difficulties with accommodation, he extended himself to arrange facilities for a period of six years, thus enabling the Branch to obtain suitable premises, for which he was instrumental in purchasing and making ready for use. John has been exemplary in assisting the Branch over a considerable period.
Kate Behan has been elected as an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Computer Society in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the ACS since becoming a member in October 1979. These contributions have been made at the Branch and National levels. Kate has occupied important positions in the Society, in particular the positions of Director of the Marketing Board and Secretary and Member of the Victorian Branch Executive Committee. Of most significance however was the development of the proposal for the ACS Certification Program and the implementation of that program. The Certification Program was one of the key requirements for the structuring of the ACS as a professional society, and an important component influencing the acceptance by the Australian Council of Professions of the ACS as a full member of the ACP. Kate Behan’s contributionsto the ACS Towards 2000 Committee and subsequent further contributions to the implementation of the recommendations of that Committee were significant. Kate Behan was elected as a Fellow of the Society in April 1989 for her distinguished contributions to the field of Information Technology in Australia.
Prins Aubrey Ralston has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the Australian Computer Society over many years. His extraordinarily proactive, dynamic and responsive approach to the positions he has held has significantly re-positioned the ACS firmly into the public, government and internationalarenas. Prins was Chair of the ACS Restructure Committee in 1996 and whilst ACS President in 1998/99 was instrumental in putting in place the structure and processes which subsequently lead to the ACS election to the Australian Council of Professions. As President, he was a leader in the ongoing debate in Australia about the ‘knowledge nation’ and through his efforts helped raised the profile of the ACS substantially. Prins was the ACS representative to the South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) for many years, and was its President in 1999, and it was largely due to his efforts and leadership as chair of SEARCC98 that that conference was a success. The considerable contribution that Prins made to the International Federation of Information Processing as the ACS representative in 1998/99 was recognised by IFIP which subsequently elected him a Trustee and appointed him Chair of the IFIP Publications Committee.