On 22 May 2017, the Australian Academy of Science announced the election of 21 new Fellows for their outstanding contributions to science and scientific research. Read more about them below, and click through to each of their profiles to see a short video.
Igor Bray ranks in the top few in the world in the field of atomic and molecular collision physics, and is responsible for several major paradigm shifting research breakthroughs during his career.
Ian Chubb has been a strong and effective advocate for government and industry support of innovation and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) over several decades. Throughout his career, including as Vice-Chancellor of the ANU and as Chief Scientist of Australia he made significant contributions to improving the infrastructure for scientific research and training and was conspicuous in raising the public profile of science in the media.
Tom Davis is a leading innovator in polymer and pharmaceutical science who is designing bespoke macromolecular chains for a range of therapeutic applications.
Jane Elith is interested in the methods used to model the distribution of species, and focusses on how they work, how to improve them for typical data types and applications, and how to deal with their uncertainties.
David Gardner is a world-leading embryologist. His research has laid the foundation for major clinical developments in human IVF.
Jozef Gécz is a human molecular geneticist internationally recognised for his contributions to the genetics of childhood onset neurological disorders, including intellectual disabilities, epilepsies, autisms and cerebral palsies.
Karl Glazebrook is a world-leading astronomer whose research has led to major advances in our understanding of the evolution of galaxies and the Universe across cosmic time.
Anita Hill is recognised for her research in materials and process engineering and, more specifically, in the transport of atoms, ions and small molecules in condensed matter.
Philip Hugenholtz is a microbiologist who has made landmark contributions to the understanding of uncultured microbial diversity, evolution and ecology.
Cameron Jones is a recognised international leader in the emerging field of Modern Main Group Chemistry and has made numerous landmark contributions to the stabilisation of low-oxidation state and metal-to-metal bonded systems.
Evans Lagudah is a molecular geneticist who has made outstanding contributions to international agriculture through his work on disease resistance in crop plants.
Melissa Little is internationally recognised for her research on kidney development and her pioneering studies into novel regenerative approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease.
Jennifer Martin is an internationally renowned protein crystallographer. She has made seminal discoveries in bacterial redox biochemistry and applies structure-based approaches to design and develop new drugs.
Dietmar Müller is a world-leading geophysicist whose research has transformed our understanding of the Earth’s evolution over the past 200 million years. He has developed new capabilities for modelling tectonic, geodynamic, environmental and resource-formation processes.
John Patrick is internationally renowned for his theoretical and experimental advances in the regulation of nutrient transport and partitioning in plants.
Timothy Ralph is internationally acclaimed for his pioneering theories in quantum information science.
Lois Salamonsen is internationally recognised for her transformative contributions to human fertility/infertility related to the uterus. Her work addresses immense global challenges and is delivering new translational concepts to alleviate uterine infertility without IVF.
Mark Smyth is the most highly cited immunologist in Australia and is recognised for his significant contributions to tumour immunology.
John Volkman is internationally acknowledged as an authority on the discovery and application of lipid biomarkers in organic geochemistry, environmental studies, petroleum geochemistry and palaeoclimatology.
Branka Vucetic has made fundamental contributions to the science of coding theory, which underpins all modern telecommunications techniques.
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