Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society

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Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society (DistFBCS)
Awarded for"outstanding contribution to the advancement of computing"[1]
Sponsored byBCS
Date1969 (1969)
CountryUnited Kingdom
No. of Fellows33 as of 2020

Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society (DFBCS or DistFBCS) is an award and fellowship granted by the British Computer Society for members of the computing profession who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of computing.[1]

The Distinguished Fellowship of BCS is awarded under bylaw 7 of the BCS's Royal Charter. Trustee Board Regulation 1.2 specifies 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 to Edsger W. Dijkstra. The nominations committee is responsible for identifying and proposing suitable candidates. The actual election of such members of the profession is made by a resolution of the trustee board on the recommendation of the president.

Fellowship criteria[edit]

Any candidate for Distinguished Fellowship should be considered against the following criteria:[citation needed]

  • 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. 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 although it is not expected that there will be more than one Distinguished Fellow elected every two years.

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

Distinguished Fellows[edit]

Laureates of the award include:[2]

Name Elected
Edsger W. Dijkstra, Ph.D. 1971
Christopher Strachey 1971
Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper, Ph.D. 1973
Sir Maurice Wilkes, Ph.D., FRS, FREng 1973
Andrei P. Ershov 1974
Tom Kilburn, Ph.D., CBE, FRS 1974
James H. Wilkinson 1974
Isaac L. Auerbach 1975
Donald W. Davies, CBE, FRS 1975
Bertram Vivian Bowden, Ph.D., Baron Bowden 1976
Charles W. Bachman 1977
Sir C. Anthony R. Hoare, FRS, FREng 1978
Gene M. Amdahl, Ph.D. 1979
Donald E. Knuth, Ph.D. 1980
Iann M. Barron 1986
A. J. Robin E. Milner, FRS 1988
Wladyslaw M. Turski 1989
Robb Wilmot 1990
Frederick P. Brooks, Ph.D. 1994
William H. Gates, III, KBE 1994
Timothy J. Berners-Lee, Dr.Sc., OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA 1996
David E. Deutsch, DPhil, FRS 1998
Peter T. Kirstein, Ph.D., CBE 2004
Scott McNealy 2007
Vint Cerf 2011
Warren East 2013
Hermann Hauser 2013
Steve Furber 2014
Wendy Hall 2016
Martha Lane Fox 2016
Simon Peyton Jones 2017
Eben Upton 2019
Sophie Wilson 2020


  1. ^ a b "Distinguished Fellowship (DistFBCS)". bcs.org. BCS. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Roll of Distinguished Fellows". bcs.org. BCS. Retrieved 7 May 2021.