Academy announces new Fellows for 2015

May 25, 2015

The Australian Academy of Science today announced the election of 21 new Fellows for their outstanding contributions to science and scientific research.

The new Fellows have significantly advanced knowledge and developed new approaches to areas as diverse as the physics of stars, new techniques and treatments for tropical diseases, lupus, diabetes, cancer and kidney disease, advanced fuel cells made out of new materials, new ways to analyse genes, new plastics technology, and brain wiring. Business leader and nuclear physicist Dr Ziggy Switkowski has also been elected, for his advocacy for science and technology at the highest levels. This year the Academy has elected a record number of Fellows from Queensland. There are eight new Fellows from the sunshine state, taking the total number of Queensland Fellows to 42.

The Academy now numbers a total of 503 Fellows and Corresponding Members, from across the breadth of the natural sciences. New Fellows will be admitted to the Academy in a formal ceremony today in Canberra, and will make presentations about their work tomorrow at the Academy’s annual flagship event, Science at the Shine Dome.

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