Fellows recognised in Australia Day honours

January 26, 2018
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Professor Jennifer Martin AC was one of 10 Academy Fellows to be recognised with an Australia Day honour.

The Australian Academy of Science congratulates its 10 Fellows who are among the 895 Australians recognised in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List.

Four Fellows received the highest honour, each appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC), for ‘eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large.’

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

Professor Jennifer Martin—For eminent service to science, and to scientific research, particularly in the field of biochemistry and protein crystallography applied to drug-resistant bacteria, as a role model, and as an advocate for gender equality in science.

Professor Trevor John McDougall—For eminent service to science, and to education, particularly in the area of ocean thermodynamics, as an academic, and researcher, to furthering the understanding of climate science, and as a mentor of young scientists.

Emeritus Professor Lewis Mander—For eminent service to science through pioneering contributions to organic chemistry in the field of plant growth hormones, to higher education as an academic, researcher and author, and to national and international scientific societies.

Professor Ezio Rizzardo—For eminent service to scientific technological research and development in the field of polymer chemistry, to its application in the biomedical, electronics and nanotechnology context, as an author, and through mentorship roles.

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Professor Martin Banwell—For distinguished service to science education as an academic, author and researcher, particularly in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, to scientific institutes, and as a mentor of emerging scientists.

Emeritus Professor Michael Barber—For distinguished service to higher education administration, and in the field of mathematical physics, particularly statistical mechanics, as an academic and researcher, and through contributions to science policy reform.  

Laureate Professor Scott Sloan—For distinguished service to education, particularly in the field of geotechnical engineering, as an academic and researcher, to professional associations, and as a mentor of young engineers.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Dr Robin Bedding—For significant service to science in the field of entomology as a researcher, and to the forestry industry both nationally and internationally. 

Professor Sharad Kumar—For significant service to medical research in the field of cancer and cell biology, as a scientist and author, to medical education, and as a mentor.

Dr Hugh (Cecil) Tyndale-Biscoe—For significant service to science in the field of marsupial reproductive biology and ecology, as a researcher and mentor, and to professional societies.

Academy President Professor Andrew Holmes said he was delighted to see that a large number of Australia's best scientists have been recognised through the Australian Honours system.

“I congratulate them for their creativity and scientific integrity,” Professor Holmes said. 

“They are our scientific heroes and this recognition, together with that of Australian of the Year, Michelle Simmons, and Senior Australian of the Year, Graham Farquhar, gives us all great hope and optimism for the future, as well as much pleasure for the present.”

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