One of the second generation of computer scientists, Chris Wallace completed his tertiary education in 1959 with a Ph.D. in nuclear physics, on cosmic ray showers, under Dr Paul George at Sydney University. Needless to say, computer science was not, at that stage, an established academic discipline.

With Max Brennan1 and John Malos he had designed and built a large automatic data logging system for recording cosmic ray air shower events and with Max Brennan also developed a complex computer programme for Bayesian analysis of cosmic ray events on the recently installed SILLIAC computer.

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Appointed lecturer in Physics at Sydney in 1960 he was sent almost immediately to the University of Illinois to copy the design of ILLIAC II, a duplicate of which was to...

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