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Born in 1932 in New Zealand Perce graduated with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics (M.Sc)then worked for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) for 14 years. He was moved to the United Kingdom and then Australia as Operations Research Officer. He returned to New Zealand to progress through Production Manager at Lower Hutt for Dulux Paints Ltd and then Management Services Manager responsible for the fourth computer to be installed in New Zealand. He had made his first contact with computers in 1957 while in the UK.
Perce started the first computer software company (Progeni) in NZ in 1968. Progeni prospered and Perce setup subsidiaries in Australia, the USA and China. Following the financial crash of 1987 Progeni, in 1989, was "collateral damage" in the failure of the Bank of New Zealand. See his website https://perce.harpham.nz for "Progeni - Success and Failure".
Perce started again with some success, qualified as a Mediator & Arbitrator and devoted more time to his family and grandchildren, sailing and other pursuits. These include an interest in politics and acting as an arbitrator and mediator. He enjoys cruising in yachts.
Perce's wife, Myra, also once had a high public profile as co-director of New Zealand's Commission for the Future. They have been married for 64 years. They have 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.