Remember when international phone calls were prohibitively expensive? Would you go camping without insect repellent? Imagine life without the contraceptive pill.
These are a few key scientific innovations that have changed the way we live our lives. They have all involved an Australian scientist.
The stories behind these Eureka moments, the Australian scientist involved, and what to expect over the next 50 years are captured in: Eureka moments! Highlights from 50 years of Australian science.
The exhibition has been developed by the Australian Academy of Science in collaboration with the National Museum of Australia in recognition of the Academy's 50th anniversary. It celebrates Australian science and acknowledges the role that Australian scientists have played.
The panels that make up the exhibition are shown here as PDF files. Click on each image for a larger version.
Educational resources are available for each of the panels.
Click on each image for a larger version.
The Academy wishes to thanks the following:
Dr Elizabeth Truswell, FAA - Exhibition Coordinator, Alcatel, Professor Allan Snyder, FAA, American Chemical Society, Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre, Centre for the Mind, Dr Chris Fluke, CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility and Anglo-Australian Observatory, CSIRO Entomology, CSIRO Land and Water, David Malin Images, Dr Shane Grey, Eli Lilly Australia, Professor Frank Fenner, FAA, Frank Littler, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, GBC Scientific Equipment, Jeff Carter, Professor Jenny Graves, FAA, Professor John Shine, FAA, Professor Marilyn Renfree, FAA, Professor Max Day, FAA, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, National Philatelic Collection, Australia Post, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Pest Animal Control Cooperative Research Centre, Professor Peter Doherty, FAA, Russell Kightley Media, The History of Contraception Museum of Toronto, Canada, The United Nations Population Fund.