Tuesday, 10 June 2014 15:56

Wi-Fi pioneer Terry Percival gets a gong

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Terry Percival, director of NICTA's broadband and digital economy business team and a contributor to Wi-Fi technology, was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday honours list.

In the 1990s, Terry Percival worked at CSIRO, creating technology that has become part of everyday life for certainly many millions and possibly billions of people in the form of Wi-Fi. He has already received the European Inventor Award for the role he played.

More recently he has been an advocate for the benefits broadband can bring to the community in areas such as telehealth.

He has spent the last 10 years with NICTA, building up the laboratory and mentoring NICTA startups including Open Kernel Labs (virtualisation for mobile devices), Audinate (digital audio for large venues), and Yuruware (clud migration).

Dr Percival has served as director of NICTA's broadband and digital economy business team since 2012.

He is also the recipient of the ATSE Clunies Ross Award, the CSIRO Chairman's Medal, and the Don Walker Award for Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural and Remote Communities.

He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Scientists and Engineers (ATSE) in 2012.

"Terry is a much-loved and respected member of NICTA. His active support of cutting-edge public research is an inspiration to the many students, researchers and small business people who have worked with him. His career path demonstrates exactly the type of difference you can make at NICTA, and for Australia," said NICTA CEO Hugh Durrant-Whyte.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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