Thursday, 28 January 2021 18:25

Farewell to a Great Australian - Graeme Philipson Featured

By Andrew Matler, iTWire CEO and Editor-in-Chief

Renowned technology journalist, author, researcher, analyst, reviewer, roundtable and webinar facilitator, poet, historian and genuinely great man.

Graeme Philipson sadly passed away last Tuesday, Australia Day, as the result of a freak accident a few days before. He was senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He was the author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, "A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing."

At iTWire, he conducted corporate interviews and facilitated roundtables and webinars. He wrote white papers and case studies, specialising in strategic analysis and advice.

Graeme was founding editor of MIS magazine, a former editor of Computerworld Australia and research director for Gartner Asia Pacific. He was a long-time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and was a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism

He was one of Australia’s longest serving IT journalists.

Graeme wrote extensively on high technology, business and travel. He was also a market researcher and analyst, a public speaker and a published poet. He was Australia’s leading computer industry historian, and wrote the corporate histories of Fujitsu A/NZ and leading Australian software company TechnologyOne.

He was the author of travel book The Top 100 Countries – And Why You Should Visit Them, which uses a unique rating system he has devised to rank countries by the factors most important to travellers. It was published in 2018, with a second edition in 2019. His book of original poems, Social Cricket, the Universe and Everything, was published in 2015.

Previous credits include: founding editor of MIS Magazine and co-founder of Strategic Publishing Group, IT columnist in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Research Director for Gartner Asia Pacific, Editor of Computerworld Australia, Research Manager for Yankee Group Australia.

Graeme often appeared on radio and TV as a commentator on technology, and conceived, promoted and chaired many major seminars and conferences in the areas of sustainability, IT management, technology futures, telecommunications and biotech.

During his career, Graeme wrote more than 3000 articles and columns on technology and management for many publications around the world. He authored six books and more than 50 published market research reports on international technology industries. He also conducted many proprietary market research studies.

He had a BA in Political Science and Modern History from the University of New England, and lived in Sydney, Australia.

Graeme will be sadly missed by the iTWire Family, Readers, Customers and PR firms.

Graeme Philipson is survived by his long-term partner, Sharon, his son Max and newly born grand-daughter, Oona.

Our original tribute to Graeme Philipson, written by Stan Beer is here with a tribute from the Australian Computer Society here.

Graeme's website is here.

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