Queen’s Birthday honours for four Academy Fellows

June 13, 2022
(Left to right): Professor Tanya Monro, Professor Warren Ewens (Photo: University of Pennsylvania), Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, and Professor David Gardner.

The Australian Academy of Science congratulates its four Fellows recognised in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List with appointments to the Order of Australia for their outstanding service and exceptional achievements.

This year the awardees include Professor Tanya Monro AC FAA FTSE, Professor Jennie Brand-Miller AO FAA, Professor Warren Ewens AO FAA FRS, and Professor David Gardner AM FAA.

Professor Tanya Monro received the Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC). Professor Monro received the award for eminent service to scientific and technological development, to research and innovation, to tertiary education, particularly in the field of photonics, and to professional organisations. She is acknowledged for her eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large.

Professor Monro is currently Chief Defence Scientist after her appointment in 2019. Prior to this she served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia. Throughout her career Professor Monro has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion and championed the Science in Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative. In 2019, she was commended for her contributions to the advancement of gender equality across Australia, receiving the Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership. In 2012 she became one of the youngest living Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science. And in 2011 she was named South Australia’s Australian of the Year.

Academy President Professor Chennupati Jagadish said that he was delighted to see four of the Academy’s scientists recognised this year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. In 1954, the Academy’s first President Sir Mark Oliphant received the Academy’s founding document, the Royal Charter, from the hands of Queen Elizabeth II herself.

“It is a very special occasion and I congratulate all the recipients for their innovation and scientific excellence,” Professor Jagadish said.

“Science continues to provide answers to the world’s greatest challenges. It is fantastic to see scientific success recognised here today as it is a benefit to all Australians.”

Companion of the Order of Australia

Professor Tanya Monro AC FAA FTSE is recognised for eminent service to scientific and technological development, to research and innovation, to tertiary education, particularly in the field of photonics, and to professional organisations. She is acknowledged for her eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large. She is Australia's Chief Defence Scientist.

Officer of the Order of Australia

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller AO FAA is recognised for distinguished service to the field of human nutrition and for her role as an advocate for people with disabilities. Professor Brand-Miller has championed the role of the glycaemic index (GI) in health and disease and transformed the way carbohydrate foods are considered by scientists. She has held the Presidency position at the Glycemic Index Foundation since 2009.

Professor Warren Ewens AO FAA FRS is recognised for distinguished service to biology, data science and for his work in tertiary education. He has made major contributions to mathematics, statistics and population genetics. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1981 and of the Royal Society of London in 2000.

Member of the Order of Australia

Professor David Gardner AM FAA is recognised for significant service to reproductive medicine and to education. His work has laid the foundations for the creation of the world’s first human embryonic stem cells. Professor Gardner was head of the School of BioScience at the University of Melbourne 2008–14. He’s now the Scientific Director at Melbourne IVF.

© 2022 Australian Academy of Science

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