A high-tech faculty
Some people preferred that the discipline remain a part of the Faculty of Science. However most felt that a separate faculty for IT would make Monash one of the leaders of computing research and teaching in Australia. The new Dean would be Professor Cliff Bellamy, who joined Monash in the 1960s when the first computer was purchased. The Faculty was split between Clayton and the newly created Caulfield campus, making the most of the merging of two very different institutions.
Cliff Bellamy attended the University of New Zealand in Auckland, where he completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with honour. He then moved to the University of Sydney, where in 1960 he was awarded the university’s first PhD in Civil Engineering. While working with computer company Ferranti, he taught Monash’s first courses on computer science. He helped the University buy its first major computer from Ferranti in 1960. In 1963, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer, teaching computing to staff and research students.
Within the next year, Professor Bellamy had arranged for Monash to open a Computer Centre in 1964. He continued in the role of Director of the Centre until 1990 when he was appointed Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology. Under his leadership, the Faculty grew considerably and developed a strong research profile.
Professor Bellamy’s career at Monash has had many high points. He has worked on computing systems for hospitals, and this work led to the creation of the Health Computing Services. He was an advisor to several other Australian universities on computing matters over his career. Professor Bellamy retired from Monash in 1996.