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).
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.