Year: 1956 - 1959
Occupation: Computer Science
John graduated with a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington in 1971. After about a ten year period with the Institute of Nuclear Science (then part of the DSIR) in NZ, he changed careers and became an academic in the then new field of Computer Science. From 1992 to 1996 he was Director of Research for Information Technology at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He served as Dean Of Faculty of Information Technology at QUT from 1996 until his retirement in 2004. John’s current title is Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. His area of research is the design and implementation of programming languages. He is still active in this field as the chair of an International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) expert working group. He has written three books on related technologies and currently works closely with Microsoft Inc. as a research collaborator and technology partner.