Famous for creating the computer software known as "Pretty Damn Quick" and for developing a scalable applications process termed the "Guerrilla approach," he also notably formulated the Universal Law of Computational Scalability.
He began performing his first scientific experiments at the age of ten and went on to attend La Trobe University and the University of Southampton. He later worked for Xerox PARC and Pyramid Technology and eventually founded the Performance Dynamics Company.
Early in his career, he worked on a space mission material project headed by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He held memberships in the Computer Measurement Group, the Association for Computing Machinery, and a number of other high-profile organizations.
The son of an electrical plant executive, he was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia.
He is a contemporary of fellow computer scientist Robert Sedgewick.