Convergence in Action The Founding of the Computer Society of South Australia

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Leith Campbell

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Computer Society

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This article describes the key events leading up to the formation in 1960 of the Computer Society of South Australia, the first State-based computer society in Australia. It proposes that an understanding of the convergence of requirements (between administration, academia, industry and to some extent the military) was important in identifying the opportunity and bringing the main contributors together. It suggests that such an approach may be useful in similar circumstances today. The key role played by Professor Ren Potts of the University of Adelaide is emphasised. Some of Professor Potts’s other activities of relevance to telecommunications are outlined.

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