In 1971 the trustees of the British Computer Society appointed Dutch computer scientist, Edsger W. Dijkstra, our very first DistFBCS having approved the award of BCS Distinguished Fellowship a couple of years earlier.

Since then over 30 digital masterminds have received the prestigious title including the likes of Tim Berners Lee, Bill Gates, Vint Cerf, and Grace Hopper. They’re not all BCS members and they hail from different parts of the world but what they all hold in common is their profound contribution to the development of computing and the way in which society benefits from IT.

Fifty years on, as COVID rages across the world, the work and impact of our Distinguished Fellows has never meant so much to so many people. Today digital innovation is at the heart of our support and recovery efforts, keeping societies connected and economies running. Just imagine lockdown without computers, the internet, e-commerce or social media!

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More about nominating for Distinguished Fellowship

Eligible candidates

We welcome nominations from all backgrounds and from anywhere in the world. The nominee's contribution should be considered of major importance to the overall development of computing, and they will have gained substantial recognition over an extensive and sustained career.

Rules of submission

Our nomination period opens on 4 May 2021 and runs until 12pm on 18 June 2021. Anyone can be nominated, they don’t have to be a BCS member – and you don’t need to be a member to nominate either.

How to nominate

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Our Distinguished Fellows

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