A former Rydal Penrhos pupil officially received a significant honour as part of this year’s Australia Day celebrations.
Dr Alan Nicholas Chantler, who attended Rydal School, was presented with his Order of Australia Award “for service to computer science, particularly as a contributor to the development in security concepts and methodology, and as an educator”.
He said: “I'm humbled, I feel privileged for the recognition.
"This recognition is also a recognition of all the people who have given me opportunities and allowed me to do things and achieve things."
The old Rydalian arrived in Australia in 1973 and after qualifying as a teacher from the University of Queenslan, he went on to become an Education Officer with the Australian Regular Army from 1981-1993.
During this time he also worked with the Australian Intelligence Corps after developing a hobby of monitoring Russian imagery satellite with home-built equipment.
Dr Chantler stayed in the active reserves whilst lecturing at Queensland University of Technology and the Defence Intelligence Training Centrem and completed a PhD on the subject of computer hackers in 1996.
From 2001 he worked with the United Nations for three years in Kosovo to rebuild information and communications technology which had been devastated by war.
This was followed with projects in Kuwait and Korea related to combating cybercrime, and he was made a Member of the Order in 2010 for his contribution to a range of services in the southern hemisphere.
He is also part of the Royal Society of Tasmania and is also a founding member of the Australian Institute for Professional Intelligence Officers.