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.
The Pearcey Foundation welcomes attendance at any of the following coming events.
|August 27||Melbourne Law School||
Pearcey Oration and Vic State Award
|September||Canberra||ACT State Award|
|September||Hobart||Tas State Award|
Qld State Award
NSW State Award (TBC)
SA State Award (TBC)
|November 14||Melbourne Uni||
70 Anniversary CSIRAC (afternoon)
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
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