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BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones Receives Honorary Fellowship From National Museum Of Computing


The national computer museum (TNMOC), an independent charity has announced today that renowned tech broadcaster Rory Cellan-Jones has received an honorary scholarship from the museum. The scholarship recognizes outstanding contributions to the history and continued development of computing, with Cellan-Jones receiving this honor due to his significant and quality contribution to advancing the public’s knowledge and understanding of history. , culture, science, technology and the practice of computing.

The revered ‘BBC in perpetuity’ who has spent his entire career as a journalist at the BBC, originally as a researcher, followed by reporting on business and economics before moving on to technology, was at front row seat of the most urgent technological news for more than 40 years. . As such, he played a central role in reporting these stories; from the dot com crash and the rise of online retailing to the cultural impact of the Internet and more recently the impact of the pandemic on the tech industry.

Without any training in technology, Cellan-Jones is described by the BBC as “the geek of the non-geek” due to his ability to communicate the biggest tech stories to a non-specialist audience in an engaging manner. He is also a published author, with his first book ‘Dot.Bomb’, which was originally published in 2001 telling the story of how the dot com tide swept across Britain and what remained when ‘she withdrew.

Earlier this year, he published his second book, “Always On: Hope and Fear in the Social Smartphone Era,” which Stephen Fry described as a “delightfully insightful and intensely readable story combining personal and lens.” TNMOC recognizes this book’s significant contribution to recent computer history, from the launch of Apple’s revolutionary iPhone in 2007, to the rise of social media and tech giants, to today’s reliance on -to smart devices.

As a long-term advocate for a greater focus on technology education, Cellan-Jones also donates his time to Speakers for Schools, a charity that aims to end educational inequalities for young people by offering conferences with the most influential figures of today. As part of this program, Cellan-Jones is known for his engaging speeches on modern computer issues such as security and fake news, while discussing with students the pros and cons of gaming consoles and presenting technologies. innovative.

The TNMOC Fellowship recognizes these exceptional and enduring contributions and brings Cellan-Jones’ unparalleled knowledge of the impact of the Internet and digital technology on our lives and businesses to bring new expert knowledge to the museum. Its ability to distill complex subjects and convey them to the public in an engaging and understandable way will help the museum to ensure that its educational programs become even stronger.

Upon receiving the scholarship, Rory Cellan-Jones commented, “It is an honor to receive this scholarship and I am incredibly grateful to have even been considered. I have long admired the work of the National Museum of Computing and look forward to helping communicate the importance of its collection and its educational mission.

Museum Director Jacqui Garrad added: “Rory Cellan-Jones’ understanding of the biggest technological problems in the world today, his expertise in computing and his work to arouse the curiosity and ambition of schoolchildren. in the world of technology make him the perfect honorary member for the National Museum of Computing. We are delighted to have his expertise on board and look forward to expanding our educational programs with his help.


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