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Biographical entry Pearcey, Trevor (1919 - 1998)

Born
5 March 1919
Died
27 January 1998
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

Trevor Pearcey, with Maston Beard, was involved in the development of CSIRAC, an early vacuum-tube stored-program computer for the CSIR/O 1947-1951.

Details

Born 5 March 1919. Died 27 February 1998. Worked for the Radar Research Establishment, Great Malvern, UK during World War II, CSIR/O Radiophysics Laboratory 1947-56, Radar Research Establishment 1957-58, Division of Mathematical Statistics, CSIRO from 1959, but seconded to the CSIRAC Laboratory. It was during this period that he discovered the phenomenon of dynamic 'chaos' while making computational studies of subharmonics, now called period doubling. Second president, Australian Computer Society.

Archival resources

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies

  • Trevor Pearcey - Records, 1947 - 1970; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies. Details

Published resources

Books

  • McCann, Doug and Thorne, Peter, The Last of the First CSIRAC: Australia's First Computer, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2000, 196 pp. Details

Edited Books

  • Bennett, J. M.; Broomham, Rosemary; Murton, P. M.; Pearcey, T.; Rutledge, R. W. (ed.), Computing in Australia: the Development of a Profession, Hale and Ironmonger, Sydney, 1994, 344 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Willis, J. B. and Deane, J. F., 'Trevor Pearcey and the First Australian Computer: a Lost Opportunity?', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 17, no. 2, 2006, pp. 209-225. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.