This year’s Pearcey Medal, Australian’s most prestigious
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry award, has been presented to Chief Defence Scientist, Alex Zelinsky.
Dr Alex Zelinsky after receiving
the Pearcey Medal, with ACT
Senator Kate Lundy.
Named in honour of Australian ICT pioneer, Trevor Pearcey, the medal recognises lifetime achievement and contribution to the development of ICT professions, research and industry.
Dr Zelinsky heads the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and is a former Director of CSIRO's Information and Communications Technologies Centre.
He said he was humbled to receive the medal named after Dr Pearcey “a visionary pioneer, a brilliant scientist and a great innovator”.
"Throughout my career I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of brilliant Australian ICT professionals and without their fabulous support I would not be receiving this award," Dr Zelinsky said.
The World Economic Forum named Dr Zelinsky a Technology Pioneer in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He has been included in Engineers Australia’s list of the 100 most influential engineers since 2009.
He was Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Seeing Machines, a high-technology company which develops computer vision systems and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
At CSIRO, Dr Zelinsky had executive responsibility for the Square Kilometre Array, the world's biggest radio telescope which will be jointly hosted by Australia and South Africa
The Pearcey Medal is awarded annually by the non-profit Pearcey Foundation which was established in 1998 to recognise outstanding achievements in the Australian ICT sector.
Edition 377, 3 September 2013