On 25 May 2015, the Australian Academy of Science announced the election of 21 new Fellows for their outstanding contributions to science and scientific research. Watch the video introduction of the new Fellows, or read more about them below.
Martin Asplund’s work in solar and stellar physics has changed the way in which we approach atomic and nuclear physics and a wide range of astrophysics, from planetary science and stellar physics through to Galactic archaeology and cosmology.
Peter Bartlett is a pioneer at the interface of computer science and statistics, with a focus on the science behind large, complex statistical decision problems. He has created the theoretical foundations for many key advances in statistical machine learning.
Christine Beveridge is a world leader on the hormonal control of plant development, discovering a new hormone and demonstrating how shoot architecture, which underpins the yield, productivity and value of crops, trees and shrubs, is controlled.
Jenefer Blackwell is distinguished for her scientific achievements in the study of neglected tropical diseases, in particular her work on visceral leishmaniasis, which is leading to innovative new vaccines.
Christine Charles’ research on ion acceleration in expanding magnetised plasmas has led to a new generation of space engines and created two new sub-fields of physics.
Susan Clark is a leading epigenetic cancer researcher whose DNA methylation and histone modification sequencing technologies have revolutionised the field of epigenetics and led to better outcomes for cancer patients.
Maria Forsyth is a world leader in developing advanced materials for new energy and infrastructure technologies, including fuel cells, battery designs and new ways to prevent corrosion.
Julian Gale is a theoretical chemist whose work in the kinetics and mechanisms of crystallisation processes in materials science, mineralogy, and geochemistry has become the basis for one of the most widely used commercial packages in his field.
Edward Holmes is a world-leading authority on viral evolution who has transformed how we assess what types of viruses, and from which animal species, are most likely to emerge in human populations, and how they will evolve in response to our attempts to control them.
Wendy Hoy is recognised internationally for her research into kidney disease, which has transformed Aboriginal health services, saved lives, reduced the need for dialysis and supported the development of early intervention programs globally.
William Laurance is a world-leading conservation ecologist of tropical forests and their biodiversity, who has made a remarkable array of important scientific findings on the effects of habitat fragmentation, logging, fires, climate change and exotic pathogens on tropical ecosystems.
Helene Marsh is the world’s premier authority on the ecology and conservation biology of dugongs, and she has been instrumental in advancing scientific understanding of marine megafauna and management of coastal marine mammals.
Geoffrey McLachlan’s pioneering work in mixture models has been especially influential, from inference and clustering and error-rate estimation for classifiers, to new techniques in analysing gene expression data.
Mike McLaughlin is a leader in developing and evaluating fertiliser technologies and developing biosolid re-use, whose approach to assessing contamination risk has been adopted around the world.
Linda Richards is a leading developmental neurobiologist whose discoveries have defined the fundamental mechanisms regulating the wiring of neuronal connections between the two hemispheres of the brain.
Malcolm Sambridge’s new mathematical approaches to analysing complex geophysical data have fundamentally altered the way in which we understand the Earth and its internal processes.
Ian Small has discovered a new mechanism that controls the production of proteins in plant organelles, which shows great promise in modifying specific RNA sequences and specific genes in all living species.
San Thang is a research innovator in polymer and materials science and a leading expert in the field of radical chemistry, with several key innovations to his name, including the hugely successful RAFT process.
Carola Vinuesa has revealed how our immune system produces high quality, long lasting antibody responses, which is leading to new approaches to treating diseases such as lupus and type-1 diabetes.
Michael Waters uncovered a new paradigm in cytokine receptor signalling, was the first to purify, characterise and clone the growth hormone receptor, and has developed new physiologies of growth hormone action, including its role in activating neural stem cells in response to exercise.
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