2019 Pearcey Oration and Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award

The Pearcey Oration is presented each year by an eminent Australian reflecting on critical contemporary issues impacting our nation that are driven by the introduction of advanced technologies into our society. In 2019, the Pearcey Oration will be given by the Hon. Michael Kirby.

The 2019 Oration (along with the 2019 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur award) will be held at a sit-down dinner event on the evening of Tuesday 27th August, 2019 at the Woodward Centre, Melbourne Law School. For more details see Pearcey Oration page.

To register, please go to: Pearcey Oration 2019 or call Slatterys on 03 9663 3093.

2019 Dr Trevor Pearcey Centenary Celebrations

Trevor Pearcey, a great Austrlian ICT icon, was born on the 5 March 1919. To celebrate his centenary, the Pearcey Foundation held a special event on 5 March 2019 at The Sydney Nanoscience Hub, located within The University of Sydney Nano Institute.

The Pearcey Centenary Celebration program featured eminent speakers exploring three of Dr Pearcey's prime areas of interest:

  • Computing (with a focus on quantum computing);
  • Astronomy and Radio Physics (where CSIRAC began within CSIRO), and;
  • Nanoscience with some focus on optics, an area in which Trevor Pearcey had a particular interest.


ABC Science Show - CSIRAC the first computer to play music

On Saturday 22 June 2019, the ABC Science Show had a special feature Recreating the first digital computer music.

In 1949, Australia leapt into the digital age when the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Automatic Computer (CSIRAC) began running its first stored programs. Computer scientists and programmers used the machine to generate some of the first numerical weather forecasts, to design electrical grids, and to run nuclear physics calculations.

They didn't stop there though - some wanted to teach the computer how to sing. History almost forgot about Australia's place in creating the world's first digital computer music. But a music historian and a team of researchers have recreated those first early bleeps, and restored CSIRAC's place in the history books.

Coming Events

The Pearcey Foundation welcomes attendance at any of the following coming events.

Date (2019) Location Event
August 27 Melbourne Law School

Pearcey Oration and Vic State Award

September Canberra ACT State Award
September Hobart Tas State Award
October 8 Brisbane

Qld State Award

October 10 Sydney

NSW State Award (TBC)

November Adelaide

SA State Award (TBC)

November 14 Melbourne Uni

70 Anniversary CSIRAC (afternoon)
National Pearcey Awards - Medal, HoF, Entrepreneur (evening)

Recent Events

The Pearcey Foundation is proud to be involved in the following recent events.

  • Dr Trevor Pearcey Centenary Celebration - 5 March 2019 at The Sydney Nanoscience Hub
  • WA Pearcey Entrepreneur Award - 14 June 2019

Recent News

Alison Harcourt AO

12 Jun 2019

Recognition for Alison Harcourt AO

Alison Harcourt (nee Doig) is an alumnus and past staff member of the University of Melbourne. At 89 years of age, she is still tutoring at the University in her speciality field of mathematics, namely Statistics. Alison was recognised in this year's Queens Birthday Honours list with an Order of Australia. The Pearcey Foundation honours Ms Harcourt for a lifelong ... »» Read more...

Barry de Ferranti

29 Jan 2019

Vale Barry de Ferranti

One of Australia's great ICT pioneers Prof Barry de Ferranti passed away in late January 2019 at the age of 90. Barry had a great sustained involvement with Sydney University where he did his Science and Engineering Degrees (1946-50). »» Read more...


05 Mar 2019

2019 Dr Trevor Pearcey Centenary Celebration

The Pearcey Foundation was proud to run a special Centenary Celebration on Tuesday 5 March 2019 at University of Sydney. The event commemorated Dr Trevor Pearcey and his work. Over 200 scientific, academic and industry leaders joined the Celebration from 3pm-7pm at the Sydney Nanoscience Hub, located within The University of Sydney Nano Institute. »» Read more...

Dr Dennis Cooper

01 Nov 2018

2018 Pearcey Medal

The prestigious Pearcey Medal, which recognises a distinguished lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the ICT industry in Australia, was presented to Dr Dennis Cooper. »» Read more...

Pearcey Hall of Fame 2018

01 Nov 2018

2018 Hall of Fame

Dr Dennis Cooper, Emeritus Professor Robin Stanton, and Dr Reg Coutts were elevated to the Pearcey Hall of Fame at the ACS National Awards dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 1st November 2018 in front of over 800 people. »» Read more...

Paul Shetler

28 Aug 2018

2018 Pearcey Oration

The 2018 Pearcey Oration was delivered by Mr Paul Shetler, a technologist and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience working on large projects in the technology industry and in guiding major government digital initiatives. The provocative talk was entitled "Be Bold Australia!". »» Read more...


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Pearcey Medals for Lifetime Achievement

The Pearcey Medal is a prestigious annual individual award that recognizes a distinguished lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the ICT industry in Australia. »» Read more...

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Pearcey Entrepreneur Awards

The Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award is a special recognition annual award. This award gives prominence to one of the State Pearcey winners for inspiring leadership, scale, impact, innovation and acclaim on the world stage. »» Read more...

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Pearcey Hall of Fame

The Pearcey Hall of Fame recognises individuals who have made very significant lifetime contributions into one or more of Australia's ICT research, industry, or professional development. It is a yearly award which includes the Pearcey Medalist and up to two other individuals. »» Read more...


State Nominations

The Pearcey Foundation welcomes nominations all year round for any of its awards. We encourage the nominations of anyone who has made a significant contribution to the ICT industry. Simply contact us with the details. »» Read more...


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Australia 3.0

Australia 3.0 leverages the collective wisdom of a grouping of some of Australia's leading Technology and Innovation thinkers and most experienced professionals to develop insight into the pivotal issues that will impact Australia's ability to succeed in the global digital economy. »» Read more...

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Pearcey Institute

The Pearcey Institute was launched during the '60th Anniversary of Computing in Victoria' celebration in 2016 and was registered in 2018 as a 'Company limited by Guarantee' and designated the Pearcey Institute Limited (PIL). »» Read more...