The Award was first approved in 1969 and the first election was made in 1971 (Edsger Dijkstra); see the full roll of BCS Distinguished Fellows. I currently sit on the BCS Distinguished Fellowship Committee and we wish to open the call for nominations as wide as possible. The relevant 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. 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.
- 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.
Nominations for BCS Distinguished Fellowships are made online and close at noon (GMT) on 18 September 2015.