15 November 2007
The British Computer Society (BCS) has bestowed the title of Distinguished Fellow to Scott McNealy, chairman of the board for SUN Microsystems.
As Distinguished Fellow, Scott joins some of the top names in the history of the industry including Bill Gates and Sir Tim Berners Lee.
BCS introduced the Distinguished Fellow award in 1971 and presents it in recognition of notable service to the advancement of computing, to date only 24 people have been selected for the title.
Scott McNealy is one of the four original founders of SUN Microsystems in 1982. During his time at the helm, SUN has developed new and innovative products to supplement its original networked workstations, including:
Although not a technical innovator, Scott McNealy has been recognised by BCS for his continued willingness to support and encourage the development of innovatory products which was a key determining factor in SUN Microsystems' impact as a market force in Open Systems and Network Computing.
Scott McNealy has been consistently recognised for his achievements. The awards and honours he has gained include:
David Tidey, chair of the BCS ELITE group which nominated Scott McNealy for the title, says: "As Chair and CEO of one of the "top five" businesses in the sector for over 20 years, Scott McNealy is clearly a deserved recipient of this title. The list of Distinguished Fellows embraces a broad church of key figures in the industry over the past fifty years, including as it does innovators in software, hardware and telecommunications.
"In helping to found, and in leading, a major computing-platform corporation for an extended period of time, it could reasonably be argued that Scott McNealy stands alongside such previous recipients as Gene Amdahl and Rob Wilmot."