Australia’s highest accolade for three Fellows in Queen’s birthday honours

June 13, 2017
Professor Ken Freeman AC FAA FRS was one of three Fellows named as a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. The others were Professor Peter Colman AC FAA FTSE FRS and Professor John Shine AC FAA. A total of 10 Fellows received Queens birthday honours. 

Three Academy Fellows are among only 15 Australians to receive Australia’s highest accolade in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours, named as Companions (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Professor John Shine AC FAA received the honour for eminent service to medical research, particularly in the area of biopharmaceuticals and molecular biology. He was among the first researchers to clone the insulin gene and the human growth hormone. Professor Shine was also recognised for his contributions to higher education as an academic, to professional medical organisations, and as a supporter of the advancement of innovation in science.

Professor Peter Colman AC FAA FTSE FRS was recognised for eminent service to medical research, as a leader in the commercial translation of scientific discoveries and as a mentor of young scientists. His research has had a major impact on our understanding of the epidemiology of influenza and led to the development of Relenza, an antiviral medication to treat the flu.

Professor Ken Freeman AC FAA FRS was recognised for eminent service to astronomy through pioneering contributions in the field of galactic archaeology and as a leading astrophysicist and researcher.

Regarded internationally as Australia's most renowned astronomer, Professor Freeman introduced the concept of dark matter, a finding that changed the course of astronomy. Dark matter makes up about 27% of the universe, which is not in the form of stars and planets that we see.

Professor Freeman was also recognised for his contributions to tertiary science education, to professional academies, and as a mentor of young scientists.

Fellows of the Academy recognised as Officers (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia are:

  • Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Fincher AO FAA
  • Professor Andrew Gleadow AO FAA
  • Professor Ian Hume AO FAA
  • Professor Angel Lopez AO FAA
  • Dr Phillip McFadden AO FAA
  • Professor Stephen MacMahon AO FAA

Emeritus Professor Robert Vincent AM FAA has been made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

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