BBC veteran Rory Cellan-Jones has been recognised by The Nationwide Museum of Computing for his providers to know-how training.
Cellan-Jones, set to depart the BBC subsequent month after 40 years to pursue new ventures, has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the museum by the unbiased charity.
The know-how journalist, who was extensively praised for his openness when he was recognized with early Parkinson’s illness in 2019, has spent his whole journalistic profession on the BBC.
He began there as a researcher, reported on enterprise and economics then moved into know-how, giving him a entrance row seat to probably the most urgent tech information for greater than 40 years.
He was pivotal to the Company’s reporting of tales from the dotcom crash to the rise of on-line retailing, the cultural influence of the web and extra lately the influence the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the tech trade.
The fellowship recognises excellent contributions in direction of the historical past and ongoing improvement of computing, with Cellan-Jones receiving the honour because of his important and high quality contribution to advancing public data and understanding of its historical past, tradition, science, know-how and observe.
With no formal background in know-how, Cellan-Jones is described by the BBC as ‘the non-geek’s geek’ on account of his capability to speak the most important know-how tales to a non-specialist viewers in a fascinating manner. He’s additionally a printed creator, together with his first e book ‘Dot.Bomb’, which was initially revealed in 2001 telling the story of how the dot com tide swept over Britain and what was left when it receded.
Earlier this 12 months, he revealed his second e book, ‘All the time On: Hope and Worry within the Social Smartphone Period’ which Stephen Fry reviewed as a “delightfully insightful and intensely readable historical past combining the non-public with the target.”
TNMOC recognises the numerous contribution this e book has had in charting current laptop historical past, from the launch of the revolutionary Apple iPhone in 2007, by the rise of social media and the know-how giants, to at present’s dependence on sensible units.
As a long-term advocate for a larger concentrate on know-how training, Cellan-Jones additionally donates his time to ‘Audio system for Colleges’, a charity which goals to finish academic inequality to younger individuals by offering talks from at present’s most influential figures.
As a part of this programme, Cellan-Jones is thought for his partaking talks on trendy computing points comparable to safety and faux information, whereas additionally partaking with college students over the professionals and cons of gaming consoles and showcasing progressive applied sciences.
“It’s an honour to obtain this fellowship and I’m extremely grateful to have even been thought of,” mentioned Cellan-Jones.
“I’ve lengthy admired the work that The Nationwide Museum of Computing does and stay up for serving to talk the significance of its assortment and its academic mission.”
The Museum’s director, Jacqui Garrad, added: “Rory Cellan-Jones’ understanding of the most important tech points in at present’s world, his experience on computing, and his work round partaking faculty kids’s curiosity and ambition on the planet of know-how make him the proper honorary fellow for The Nationwide Museum of Computing.
“We’re thrilled to have his experience onboard and stay up for increasing our instructional programmes together with his assist.”