When Tony Benson helped to establish the Pearcey Foundation in 1998, little did he know that he would become a recipient of the illustrious Pearcey Medal.
Industry stalwart Benson won the 2001 Pearcey Medal in recognition of his lifetime commitment to the Australian IT industry, while software architect Derek Renouf took out the NSW Pearcey Award.
The awards are an initiative of the Pearcey Foundation, which was established to honour the memory of Dr Trevor Pearcey, the architect of Australia's first working computer. The Pearcey Medal recognises outstanding contributions made to the industry by an individual over the course of their working life, while the state-based Pearcey Award honours young entrepreneurs who emulate Pearcey's brilliance and level of commitment at the outset of their career.
Benson has worked as a scientific programmer for NCR for 39 years, over which time he ascended the ranks to become a director. He joined the NSW Computer Society in 1964, has served as Australian Computer Society president, and was awarded honorary life membership in 1998 for his outstanding contribution to the ACS and his profession.