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CSIRO Medals 2009 – Chairman’s Medal – Wireless LAN Research Team

John O’Sullivan and team members from (CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science). For delivering major technical benefits to Australia and the world and substantial returns to CSIRO from Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) technology now underpinning wireless communication systems in over one billion products worldwide. The emergence of portable computers and wireless networking towards the end of the 1980s, presented an opportunity to harness CSIRO’s unique skills in radio systems. The Wireless LAN Team foresaw that traffic would be so high that a new generation of wireless land area networks (WLANs) capable of transmitting data at 50 megabits per second would be needed. The team, with backgrounds mostly unrelated to computing, found a solution that eluded 22 major international research groups. See also Wireless LANs. Team leader: Dr John O’Sullivan. Team members: Graham Daniels, Diethelm Ostry, Denis Redfern, Terry Healy, Dr Jack Steele, Nigel Poole, Dr Terence Percival, John Deane, Dr Dennis Cooper, Katrina O’Leary, Dr Hajime Suzuki, Caitlin Westwood, Julie Berwick, Debbie Davis, Julie Filazzola, Sarah Spencer, May Ling Goode.