PR2012: Craig Mudge and Greg Clark enter the Pearcey Hall of Fame

Melbourne 9th August 2012: Dr Greg Clard and Dr Craig Mudge were inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame during an awards ceremony as part of the 2012 national iAwards event. The presentation was made by Mr Len Rust, a member of the Pearcey Foundation Executive committee, 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, heath 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.

Dr 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).