Distinguished Fellowship of BCS

From time to time, BCS considers the award of a Distinguished Fellowship to members of the computing profession who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of computing.

The Distinguished Fellowship of BCS is awarded under Bye-law 7 of the Institute's Royal Charter. Trustee Board Regulations specify that the award may be made even if the individual in question is not already a member of BCS and may not be eligible for any other class of membership.

The Award was first approved in 1969 and the first election was made in 1971. Nominations Committee is responsible for identifying and proposing suitable candidates. The actual election of such members of the profession is by a Resolution of Trustee Board on the recommendation of the President.


Any candidate for Distinguished Fellowship should be considered against the following criteria:-

  • The contribution to computing should be seen in terms of major importance to the overall development of computing, with substantial personal recognition through peer review over a substantial and sustained career. This could include furthering the principles expressed in the BCS strategy of 'Making IT good for society'.
  • There is no restriction on nomination on the grounds of nationality or of existing membership of BCS and nominations from business, industrial, research or academic backgrounds are equally acceptable and work of either a practical or theoretical nature may be equally valid.
  • At any time, both the work and the stature of the individual nominated should be commensurate with the standards set by previous recipients.

To be elected, the nomination must be on the Trustee Board Agenda, and at least 3/4 of those present must resolve in favour.

Roll of Distinguished Fellows