President Baltac presents lifetime achievement award at Computer Science Museum in Hungary

Recently, CEPIS President, Prof. Vasile Baltac, paid a visit to the Computer Science Museum in Szeged, the location of a unique collection of computers and telecom equipment. The idea of collecting and preserving old items was thought of by Dr. H.C. Gyozo Kovacs, a well known Hungarian computer pioneer. This was supported by the CEPIS Member society, the John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT) and the Hungarian Museum for National Science and Technology (OMM). Over 10,000 pieces of old equipment, weighing more than 300 tonnes, and tens of thousands of pages of technical documents were brought to this building in Szeged, which once was a Soviet army barracks.

A still as yet quite unorganised description of the history of the collection, which is run on a voluntary basis, can be found on the Computer Science Museum website. Dr. Gyozo Kovacs travelled from Budapest to greet his old friend Vasile Baltac and in spite of his age was very capable in recalling Hungarian computer history and events throughout the existence of the John von Neumann Computer Society, where he served once as Secretary General. On the occasion of this visit, Prof. Vasile Baltac on behalf of CEPIS and ATIC, presented Gyozo Kovacs with a crystal plaque that has the following words engraved on it: "To Dr. Kovacs Gyozo, John von Neumann Computer Society, with warm congratulations and much respect for his lifetime achievements in the computer industry!"