Awards and Prizes
Celebrating the achievements of UWA's finest researchers
The Nobel Prize is a highly prestigious international award that recognizes outstanding contributions for humanity.
Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology
Professor Barry J Marshall with Professor Robin Warren showed that Helicobacter pylori is the main cause of stomach and duodenal ulcers. This discovery was the first step in developing more effective treatments for ulcers and in understanding the causative link between H. pylori and stomach cancer.
Thanks to the pioneering discovery by Professor Marshall and Dr Warren, peptic ulcer disease is no longer a chronic, frequently disabling condition, but a disease that can be cured by a short regimen of antibiotics and acid secretion inhibitors.Find out more
The Fields Medal is awarded to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.
2018 - Professor Akshay Venkatesh
For his synthesis of analytic number theory, homogeneous dynamics, topology, and representation theory, which has resolved long-standing problems in areas such as the equidistribution of arithmetic objects.Find out more
Highly Cited Researchers
Highly Cited Researchers are identified by Clarivate and are defined as the preeminent individual researchers, in each of 21 subject categories, who have demonstrated great influence in their field as measured by citations to their work.
- Professor David Edwards
- Professor Graeme Hankey
- Professor Richard J Hobbs
Environment and Ecology
- Professor Davey L Jones
- Adjunct Professor John A Kirkgaard
- Adjunct Lecturer Etienne Laliberte
- Professor Hans Lambers
- Professor Jeremy O'Brien
- Adjunct Professor Franco Pirajno
- Professor Stephen B Powles
- Professor Kadambot Siddique
- Professor Enrico Valdinoci
- Adjunct Professor Rajeev Varshney
Agricultural Sciences and Plant & Animal Science
- Professor Gerald Watts
- Dr Thomas Wernberg
- Adjunct Professor Shaun Wilson
- Professor Ryan Lister
Molecular Biology and Genetics
ARC Laureate Fellows
The Australian Research Council’s Laureate Fellowships scheme aims to attract and retain outstanding researchers and research leaders of international repute.
The scheme, and the Federation Fellowships scheme, which it replaced in 2009, is also intended to:
- build and strengthen world-class research capability in Australia
- provide an excellent research training environment and exemplary mentorship to nurture early-career researchers
- expand Australia's knowledge base
- forge strong links between researchers, industry and the international research community
- support research that will result in economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits for Australia.
ARC Laureate fellows
- 2019 - Prof Enrico Valdinoci
Mathematics and Statistics
- 2017 - Prof Colin MacLeod
School of Psychological Science
- 2016 - Prof Sharon Parker
(Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award)
Management and Organisations, Business School
- 2014 - Prof Ian Small
ARC Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology
- 2013 - Prof Mark Cassidy
Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
- 2012 - Prof Malcolm McCulloch
School of Earth and Environment
- 2009 - Prof Mike Tobar
School of Physics
- 2009 - Prof Richard Hobbs
School of Plant Biology
- 2007 - Prof Cheryl Praeger
Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation
- 2007 - Prof David Pannell
Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP)
- 2005 - Prof Mark Randolph
Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
- 2004 - Prof Leigh Simmons
Centre for Evolutionary Biology
- 2004 - Prof Steven Smith
ARC Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology
The Western Australian Fellowship Program is managed by the Western Australian government Office of Science. This science funding program attracts internationally prominent researchers from interstate or overseas to Western Australia.
Fellows build and lead world-class research teams in the State and contribute to the development of the State’s science capability and capacity. The Fellows have delivered a range of economic, environmental and social benefits for the State.
UWA's Current Fellows
There are currently two Fellows undertaking Western Australian Fellowships, one at UWA:
2014 Inductee - Professor Mark Jessell
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
Professor Mark Jessell, a structural geophysicist, commenced his Fellowship in October 2013. He is advancing 3D modelling of Western Australia’s geology, enabling more efficient mineral exploration.
Professor Jessell relocated from France to take up a position at The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Exploration Targeting.
Recent UWA Fellows
In addition to the current Fellows, nine Fellowships have been supported since the establishment of the Program in October 2003, six of them at UWA:
- Professor Andrew Whiteley
School of Earth and Environment
- Professor Shaun Collin
Sensory Systems of Vertebrates
- Professor Malcolm McCulloch
- Professor Peter Quinn
- Professor Klaus Regenaur-Lieb
- Professor Ian Small
Plant Molecular Biology
- Professor Lister Staveley-Smith
Prime Minister's Prize for Science
The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science are the nation's finest awards for excellence in science and science teaching. The five prizes awarded annually are the:
- Prime Minister's Prize for Science
- Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
- Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
- Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools
- Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.
2019 Prime Minister's Prize for Science
Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger
Professor Praeger is internationally acclaimed for her 40 years of research in mathematics, including fundamental contributions to group theory, permutation groups and combinatorics.
Group theory is central to public-key cryptography used for secure banking, digital signatures and secure internet communication. Permutation group theory is used in applications including solving Rubik’s Cubes. Combinatorics contributes to real-world applications ranging from error correcting codes in digital communications systems to calculating gambling payouts. Professor Praeger’s algorithms have been incorporated into powerful computer algebraic systems used in research and teaching. Her research into symmetry in graphical models has had far-reaching applications, including enabling search engines to retrieve information efficiently from the World Wide Web.
- 2019 Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation
Professor David Huang - Future Fellow
UWA School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
- 2014 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
Professor Ryan Lister - Future Fellow
ARC Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology
- 2013 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
Professor Mark Cassidy - Director
Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
- 2007 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
Professor Eric May - Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering
UWA Centre for Energy
- 2005 Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
Professor A. Harvey Millar - Centre Director
ARC Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology
The Fulbright Program has more than 370,000 alumni from over 160 countries worldwide.
Fulbright alumni include 33 current or former heads of state or government, 54 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 29 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors.
Five thousand of those alumni belong to the Australian-American program and received their Fulbright awards from the 1950s on.
There are over 100 Fulbright alumni from The University of Western Australia and more than 60 with UWA as the primary host institute.
Fulbright alumni with:
|Full Name||Award Year||Home Institute||Primary Host Institute|
|Martin Ebert||2020||UWA||University of Wisconsin (Madison)|
|Paul Branson||2020||UWA||Pacific Marine Energy Centre (PMEC), Oregon State University|
|Arman Siahvashi||2020||UWA||U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Colorado School of Mines (CSM)|
|Liam Tay Kearney||2020||UWA||tbc|
|Holly Ransom||2019||UWA||Harvard University|
|Taryn Foster||2019||UWA||California Academy of Sciences|
|Joshua Dunne||2019||UWA||Georgetown University|
|Joshua Mylne||2017||UWA||University of Minnesota|
|Jessica Kretzmann||2017||UWA||University of Massachusetts, Amherst|
|Hannah Etchells||2017||UWA||University of California Berkeley|
|Simon Jankowski||2017||UWA||United States Geological Survey, California Water Science Center|
|Craig McCormack||2016||UWA||University of Houston|
|Ursula Salmon||2016||UWA||Stanford University|
|Shraddha Kashyap||2016||UWA||NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture|
|Matthew Crowley||2015||UWA||Federal Trade Commission in DC and NY|
|Briony Swire-Thompson||2015||UWA||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Zdenko Rengel||2014||UWA||Kansas State University|
|Joanna Vincent||2014||UWA||Yale University|
|Jean-Paul Hobbs||2014||UWA, James Cook University||University of Hawaii - Manoa|
|Roxanne Moore||2013||UWA||New York University|
|Tiago Tomaz||2013||UWA||University of Illinois|
|Stephen McAnearney||2011||UWA||Columbia University|
|Anna Rakoczy||2011||UWA||Stanford University|
|Hugo Leith||2009||UWA||Yale University|
|Julie Owen||2007||UWA||Arizona State University|
|Andrew Nicol||2007||UWA||Harvard University|
|Billie Giles-Corti||2007||UWA||Stanford University|
|Martin Soh||2005||UWA||University of Minnesota|
|Andrea Ang||2004||UWA||Harvard University|
|Jonathan Paget||1997||UWA||Eastman School of Music|
|Matthew Hollingworth||1997||UWA||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Giacinta Parish||1996||UWA||University of California - Santa Barbara|
|Amanda Bower||1995||UWA||Columbia University|
|Louise Egerton-Warburton||1994||UWA||University of California - Riverside|
|Rowan Davies||1993||UWA||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Dhammika Dharmapala||1993||UWA||University of California - Berkeley|
|Andrew Johnston||1992||UWA||University of Minnesota|
|Patrick O'Brien||1991||UWA||University of California - Berkeley|
|Neil Levi||1990||UWA||Columbia University|
|Robert Lindner||1990||UWA||University of California - Davis|
|Gilbert Chiang||1989||UWA||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Kelvin Willoughby||1988||UWA||University of California - Berkeley|
|Robert Wilson||1987||UWA||Cornell University|
|David Clarke||1987||UWA||Princeton University|
|Stephen Anderson||1987||UWA||University of California - Berkeley|
|Louis Moses||1985||UWA||Stanford University|
|David Beard||1983||UWA||University of Arizona|
|William Macklin||1982||UWA||University of Washington|
|Richard Higgott||1981||UWA||Harvard University|
|Ian Birch||1978||UWA||Harvard University|
|Peter Kenyon||1977||UWA||University of Virginia|
|Colin White||1976||UWA||University of Wisconsin - Madison|
|Johannes Wajon||1975||UWA||Harvard University|
|Christopher Adam||1974||UWA||Harvard University|
|John Melville-Jones||1974||UWA||Princeton University|
|Bruce Wright||1974||UWA||Various Institutions|
|Neil R Lynch||1973||UWA||Chidrens Asthma Research & Hospital|
|George Winterton||1973||UWA||Columbia University|
|Darrell Turkington||1973||UWA||University of California - San Diego|
|Bryan Burke||1971||UWA||University of California - Los Angeles|
|David Andrich||1971||UWA||University of Chicago|
|Neville Hoffman||1971||UWA||Various Institutions|
|Geoffrey Soutar||1970||UWA||Cornell University|
|Terrence Nicholas||1970||UWA||University of California - Santa Barbara|
|Evan Morgan||1969||UWA||Columbia University|
|Anastasios (Ray) Petridis||1969||UWA||Duke University|
|Byron Kakulas||1969||UWA||Harvard University|
|Leslie Little||1969||UWA||University of Wisconsin - Madison|
|Brian Figgis||1968||UWA||University of Arizona|
|George Osborne||1968||UWA||University of Southern California|
|Wayne Millen||1967||UWA||University of California - Los Angeles|
|Donald Watts||1967||UWA||University of Southern California|
|Noel Cant||1966||UWA||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Allan Fels AO||1966||UWA||Duke University|
|D K Foot||1966||UWA||Harvard University|
|Hugh Collins||1966||UWA||Harvard University|
|John Mahony||1966||UWA||Harvard University|
|Neville Fowkes||1965||UWA||Harvard University|
|Alan Parker||1965||UWA||University of California - Los Angeles|
|Charles Kuiper||1965||UWA||University of Chicago|
|Barry Wilson||1964||UWA||Harvard University|
|Mervyn Austin||1964||UWA||Iowa State University|
|John Wager||1964||UWA||Purdue University|
|Wilfred Simmonds||1964||UWA||Rockefeller University|
|H D Evans||1963||UWA||Harvard University|
|Imre Kaldor||1963||UWA||University of California - Berkeley|
|Neville Stanley||1963||UWA||University of Notre Dame|
|Aubrey Yates||1963||UWA||University of Wisconsin - Madison|
|Judge Bevan||1962||UWA||Arizona State University|
|Vincent Di Lollo||1962||UWA||Indiana University|
|Basil Balme||1962||UWA||New York University|
|Neil Rickert||1962||UWA||Yale University|
|Harris Levey||1961||UWA||Harvard University|
|K J Carter||1961||UWA||Yale University|
|Laurie Mashford MBBS MSc FRACP||1960||UWA||Harvard University|
|John Bloomfield||1960||UWA||University of Oregon|
|Douglas White||1959||UWA||Stanford University|
|R L Taylor||1959||UWA||University of Minnesota|
|Albert Blakers||1958||UWA||Dartmouth College|
|Andrew Cole||1958||UWA||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Murray Littlejohn||1958||UWA||University of Texas - Austin|
|Arnold Cook||1957||UWA||Harvard University|
|Henry Morris||1957||UWA||University of Southern California|
|Raymond Storer||1956||UWA||Brown University|
|William Compston||1956||UWA||California Institute of Technology|
|Peter Fisher||1956||UWA||Purdue University|
|Brian Grieve||1955||UWA||California Institute of Technology|
|John Ferres||1955||UWA||Louisiana State University|
|Brian Bolto||1955||UWA||Purdue University|
|Daryll Wheeler||1955||UWA||San Francisco State University|
|Horace (Harry) Waring||1955||UWA|
|Allan Wilson||1954||UWA||Indiana University|
|Eion McRae||1953||UWA||Florida State University|
|Joseph Miller||1953||UWA||University of California - Berkeley|
|Rhodes Fairbridge||1953||UWA||University of Illinois|
|Arthur McLean||1952||UWA||University of Chicago|
|John Swan||1951||UWA||University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign|
|Peter Dunlop||1951||UWA||University of Wisconsin - Madison|
|Jack Loneragan||1950||UWA||University of California - Berkeley|
|Albert Main CBE FAA BSc (Hons) PhD||1950||UWA||University of Chicago|
|Full Name||Award Year||Home Institute||Primary Host Institute|
|Cristin Millett - Senior Scholars||2020||The Pennsylvania State University||UWA|
|Dr Gary Reger - Senior Scholars||2020||Trinity College||UWA|
|Wendy Nicole Nembhard||2015||University of Arkansas||UWA|
|Scott Stephens||2013||University of California - Berkeley||UWA|
|Mike Joyner||2010||Mayo Clinic||UWA|
|Jessica Boynton||2006||Eastern Michigan University||UWA|
|Surya Singh||2005||Stanford University||UWA|
|Michael Zalich||2003||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||UWA|
|Cara Weisbrod||2001||South Dakota State University||UWA|
|Jordan Furnans||2001||University of Texas - Austin||UWA|
|David Lilja||2000||University of Minnesota||UWA|
|Hasker Davis||1999||University of Colorado||UWA|
|Rebecca German||1997||University of Cincinnati||UWA|
|Stuart Marsh||1996||University of Arizona||UWA|
|Rodney Eichenberger||1995||Florida State University||UWA|
|Nancy Heger||1993||University of Texas - Austin||UWA|
|Beth Watzke||1990||University of Pittsburgh||UWA|
|Eric Pianka||1990||University of Texas - Austin||UWA|
|Sheila Fitzpatrick||1989||University of Texas - Austin||UWA|
|Williamson Chang||1987||University of Hawaii - Manoa||UWA|
|Gordon Rausser||1986||University of California - Berkeley||UWA|
|Thomas Buckley||1986||University of Tulsa||UWA|
|Emilia Martinez-Brawley||1985||Pennsylvania State University||UWA|
|Arthur Kaufman||1984||University of New Mexico||UWA|
|George Crumb||1984||University of Pennsylvania||UWA|
|Raymond Mohl||1983||Florida Atlantic University||UWA|
|Eunice Askov||1983||Pennsylvania State University||UWA|
|John Hallowell||1982||Duke University||UWA|
|John Connolly||1982||University of Nebraska||UWA|
|James Adair||1981||University of Florida||UWA|
|Lawrence Speck||1978||University of Texas - Austin||UWA|
|F Hodge O'Neal||1975||Duke University||UWA|
|William Thomas||1974||California State University||UWA|
|R Royall||1971||Johns Hopkins University||UWA|
|W R Dawson||1969||Michigan State University||UWA|
|W D Kemper||1968||Colorado State University||UWA|
|Harold Geering||1968||Cornell University||UWA|
|A L Pope||1967||University of Wisconsin - Madison||UWA|
|LeRoy Breunig||1966||Columbia University||UWA|
|William Weir||1965||University of California - Davis||UWA|
|Jerry Anway||1965||University of Nebraska - Omaha||UWA|
|George Carrier||1964||Harvard University||UWA|
|John McCaffrey||1964||Stanford University||UWA|
|Allen Spitzer||1963||Saint Louis University||UWA|
|Arthur Steinbrenner||1963||University of Arizona||UWA|
|R Cassady||1963||University of California - Los Angeles||UWA|
|Carl Allendoerfer||1963||University of Washington||UWA|
|H H Genoways||1963||UWA|
|J A Kirsch||1962||UWA|
|Arthur Harry Nash||1961||University of Michigan||UWA|
|Arnold Kluge||1961||University of Southern California||UWA|
|Alfred Putnam||1960||University of Chicago||UWA|
|Martin Wright||1960||University of Kansas||UWA|
|Wayne Packer||1959||Stanford University||UWA|
|W S Stewart||1959||UWA|
|E H Herrick||1957||UWA|
|Martin Black||1956||Duke University||UWA|
|Willard Pedrick||1956||Northwestern University||UWA|
|Graham Bell||1955||Louisiana State University||UWA|
|Harold Olmo||1955||University of California - Davis||UWA|
|Dean McHenry||1954||University of California - Los Angeles||UWA|
|Ernest Lundelius Jr||1954||University of Chicago||UWA|
|George Bartholomew||1953||University of California - Los Angeles||UWA|
|H Arlin Turner||1952||Louisiana State University||UWA|
|Martin Carroll||1952||University of Iowa||UWA|
|Harriet Creighton||1952||Wellesley College||UWA|
WA Science Hall of Fame
The Western Australian Science Hall of Fame recognizes excellent and sustained scientific achievement in Western Australia.
Professor Carol Bower
Professor Carol Bower is an internationally recognised public health researcher. She has worked predominantly with the Telethon Kids Institute (previously the WA Institute for Child Health Research), of which she was a founding researcher and where she is currently Senior Principal Research Fellow, and Director of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Research Australia – Centre for Research Excellence.
Throughout her career, Professor Bower led a series of projects which have had a profound impact on the health of children in Western Australia and beyond. In 1980 she established Australia’s first birth defects registry (an internationally recognised model later implemented in other States). She uncovered the link between low dietary folate and neural tube defects (NTD) such as spina bifida, and instigated the world’s first public health campaign to encourage periconceptional folic acid supplementation to prevent NTD. Having led another study demonstrating that health education alone was insufficient, Professor Bower successfully lobbied for national mandatory fortification of flour with folate – a change which has dramatically reduced the incidence of NTDs and saved more than 400 Western Australian children alone from debilitating and deadly birth defects.
Professor Bower has been equally persistent in relation to community outreach, actively forging partnerships with consumers, government, justice and health professionals to facilitate, communicate and translate paradigm-shifting research on alcohol-related harm. This includes her supervision of the recent Banksia Hill Project – the first study in Australia to assess and diagnose young people in a youth custodial setting for FASD. Professor Bower’s dedication to community service is reflected in multiple awards in recognition of her good practice and initiatives relating to consumer and community participation in research.
As a long-serving member of multiple paediatric research committees, Professor Bower continues her contribution to science and the wider community by advancing and sharing research on child health and development.
Emeritus Professor David Blair
Professor Blair is an experimental physicist renowned for pioneering a number of precision measurement techniques used for ultra-sensitive displacement measurements, exceptionally low noise clocks and oscillators, and gravitational wave research.
His career has focused on the direct detection of gravitational waves first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916 as part of his famous Theory of General Relativity. He led the establishment of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre at Gingin, part of the School of Physics at the University of Western Australia, and the Australian Consortium for Interferometric Gravitational Astronomy.
Professor Blair’s work at the Research Centre contributed to the international Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) scientific collaboration through developing technology to teach supercomputers to ‘hear’ the special sounds of gravity waves and rapidly detect the signals. He also contributed to the identification and resolution of the issue of ‘parametric instability’ in large US twin detectors at observatories in Louisiana and Washington State, enabling the world’s first direct observations of gravitational waves in 2015. This discovery resulted in a Nobel prize in physics for three leading LIGO American physicists in 2017 and was described as ‘a discovery that shook the world’.
Professor Blair’s research has ensured that Australia, and Western Australia in particular, has a high profile in the international gravitational wave community. He has supervised an impressive 74 postgraduate students since 1987 and his students have gone on to successful careers and senior positions in areas including physics and astronomy.
He also led the planning and development of the Gravity Discovery Centre, a major education and public outreach facility which includes the Gingin Observatory. In 2005, he and Emeritus Professor John De Laeter AO were awarded the Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding in Science in recognition of these science outreach activities.
Professor Blair was the recipient of the Western Australian Scientist of the Year award in 2007, was elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2014, and in May 2018 was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, an organisation of individuals recognised for their outstanding contributions to science and research.
After retiring as Director of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre in late 2017, Professor Blair continues to contribute to the physics community as Emeritus Professor at the University of Western Australia and as the Outreach Program Leader at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery. He is currently supervising 10 PhD Students and continues to find ways of communicating Einsteinian physics to the wider community.
Emeritus Professor John Pate
Professor John Pate has greatly influenced plant science, particularly plant ecology and physiology, in Western Australia. His academic career commenced as Assistant Lecturer at Queens University in 1954 followed by increasing senior academic appointments at the University of Sydney, Queens University and The University of Western Australia (UWA). He was head of the botany department at UWA from 1974 to 1986.
The major focus of his work concerned the carbon and nitrogen economies of plants, especially legumes, and contributed to applied research on productivity of pastures and crops. Along the way, techniques were developed for quantifying nitrogen inputs of legumes and thereby permitting assessment of their contributions in agricultural and natural ecosystems.
Professor Pate has contributed significantly to ecological and physiological studies of native flora of Western Australia, particularly on the structural and functional adaptations displayed for combating various forms of environmental stress. Professor Pate has published extensively with over 500 publications including books, monographs, reviews and refereed research articles.
Professor Pate’s scientific career was honoured by election to the Australian Academy of Sciences in 1980 and to the Royal Society, London in 1985. John will be remembered by his many students as a hard taskmaster, relentless in pursuit of excellence and with an Irish sense of humour and fun which lightened many a load.
Professor Cheryl Praeger AM FAA
Professor Cheryl Praeger is one of the world's leading mathematicians, best known for her works in group theory, algebraic graph theory and combinatorial designs. Professor Praeger has promoted mathematics through research and professional associations.
Professor Praeger was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia in 1999 for her service to mathematics in Australia. In 2003 she received the Centenary Medal of the Australian government and in 2009 was made the WA Scientist of the Year. She is a recipient of the Moyal Medal, George Szekers Medal and Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal.
In 2014 she was elected an Honorary Member of the London Mathematical Society. In 2015 she was also inducted in the WA Women's Hall of Fame and was awarded the Mehdi Behzad Prize of the Iranian Mathematical Society, for management in mathematics.
Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AO CitWA FTSE
Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AO was elevated into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding contribution to scientific research and tertiary education across his career. Emeritus Professor Robson was Vice Chancellor of UWA from 2004 until 2013, and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost since 1993.
Professor Robson chaired the Group of Eight and was Deputy Chair of the Council of the National Library and Universities Australia. He was a member of the Western Australian Science Council and the CSIRO board.
In 2003, Professor Robson was made a Member of the Order of Australia, has been awarded a Centenary Medal, is an Officer of the Order of Australia and a Citizen of Western Australia.
Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE
Professor Lyn Beazley was the Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 until 2013. In this role she has been a tireless national and international ambassador for science and science engagement in Western Australia.
Lyn undertook her undergraduate studies at Oxford University and her doctorate at Edinburgh University. Over a 30 year research career she built up an internationally renowned research team that focused on recovery from brain damage.
Her research also changed clinical practice in the treatment of infants at risk from pre-term delivery. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2009 for service to medical science and her contribution to the development of science policy in Western Australia.
Professor Stephen Hopper AC FLS FTSE
Professor Hopper, the first non-British born Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, returned to take up a new Chair in Biodiversity at The University of Western Australia. Professor Hopper is an internationally acclaimed plant conservation biologist who has made an outstanding contribution to biodiversity preservation.
He names Australia as one of the great places on the planet to pursue biological studies and has collaborated in the naming of more than 300 new species of plants through 40 years of field-based research, mostly in south-western Australia.
He has made significant improvements to a number of the State's conservation programs and infrastructure and, earlier this year, was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for his service as a global science leader.
Professor Fiona Stanley AC FAA FASSA
Professor Fiona Stanley is the founding director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, is an advocate for the needs of children and their families and promotes the importance of using population data to provide health, social and economic benefits to the community.
Her role in the discovery that a diet rich in folic acid during pregnancy can prevent spina bifida in babies and that cerebral palsy may be caused by factors other than birth trauma alone, such as infections or blood incompatibilities, have improved birth outcomes.
She is also widely recognised for her contributions to Indigenous child and maternal health in Western Australia.
Professor Stanley was named Australian of the Year in 2003, was honoured as a “National Living Treasure” by the National Trust in 2004 and is the UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development. The new state-of-the-art hospital being constructed at Murdoch is named the Fiona Stanley Hospital in honour of her achievements.
Professor Ian Constable AO
Professor Ian Constable AO is recognised as one of the world's leading ophthalmic surgeons.
He is the founder and director of the Lions Eye Institute, now the largest eye research institute in the southern hemisphere and dedicated to the investigation, prevention and cure of blinding eye disease. With Professor Constable at the lead, the Lions Eye Institute has made many ground breaking developments, including the Lions Eye Institute artificial cornea which is granting sight to people around the world.
Professor Constable served on the Premier's Science and Innovation Council and the Western Australia Science and Innovation Council as the Deputy Chair. He is also the foundation director of The University of Western Australia's Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science.
2007 Inaugural Inductees
Professor Barry Marshall and Dr Robin Warren
Professor Marshall and Dr Warren were recognised for their dedicated service to research when, in 2005, they were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology.
They discovered the bacterium Helicobacter pylori as a cause of gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. Thanks to the pioneering discovery by Professor Marshall and Dr Warren, peptic ulcer disease is no longer a chronic, frequently disabling condition, but a disease that can be cured by a short regimen of antibiotics and acid secretion inhibitors.
Premier's Science Awards
The Premier’s Science Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Western Australian science community. Award recipients exemplify the outstanding scientific research and engagement efforts taking place in the State.
The Awards cover all fields of science, including natural, medical, applied and technological science, engineering and mathematics.
The Awards are supported by the Western Australian Government and administered by the Science and Innovation team within the Department. For more information, please see the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation website.
Scientist of the Year Awards
2017 - Professor A. Harvey Millar
Centre Director, Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
Professor Millar is an award-winning leader in plant science research with a focus on the function of proteins that enhance the energy efficiency of plants in harsh environments. His novel research on wheat and barley is opening new opportunities in crop improvement directly relevant to WA industries. Professor Millar is the National Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB) which is headquartered at UWA. Under his leadership, PEB now boasts the world’s largest concentration of specialist researchers in the energy efficiency of plants and leads its Australian activities from WA.
2017 - Professor Christobel Saunders
Professor of Surgical Oncology, Head, Division of Surgery
Professor Saunders is a Consultant Surgeon at Royal Perth, St John of God and Fiona Stanley Hospitals, and Professor of Surgical Oncology at UWA. She is a leader in surgical practice and cancer research in Australia and internationally. She has a particular research interest in breast cancer including clinical trials of new treatments, supportive care, and translational and health services research which have led to better treatments for people with cancer and improved survival. Professor Saunders is directly involved in strategic planning of Australian cancer services and research through her senior roles on numerous cancer boards, networks and taskforces.
- 2015 Professor Mark Cassidy
- 2014 Professor Ian Small
- 2013 Professor Mark Randolph
- 2012 Professor Peter Quinn
- 2011 Professor Ricard Hobbs
- 2010 Professor Michael Tobar
- 2009 Professor Cheryl Praeger
- 2008 Professor Jorg Imberger
- 2007 Professor David Blair
- 2004 Professor Bruce Robinson
- 2002 Professor Barry Marshall
Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year
2018 - Dr Melissa O’Donnell
Dr O’Donnell is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia and is internationally recognised for her work in the area of child abuse and neglect. Her research is improving knowledge around factors that increase vulnerability to child maltreatment, resulting in changes to policy and practice and contributing to the international monitoring of child abuse and neglect. Knowledge gained from her research has shaped the Western Australian Department of Communities’ Building Safe and Strong Families: Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy 2016, the Legislative Review of Western Australia’s Children and Community Services Act 2004 and Western Australia’s Youth Health Policy.
- 2016 Dr Scott Draper
- 2015 Dr Hannah Moore
- 2013 Associate Professor Shazzad Hossain
- 2012 Associate Professor Ajmal Mian
- 2011 Professor David White
- 2010 Professor Eric May
- 2009 Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger
- 2008 Ben Corry
Student Scientist of the Year
2013 - Mr Tristan Clemons
Mr Tristan Clemons’ research focuses on applying nanoparticle technology to treat heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer and central nervous system injuries. His cross disciplinary research has resulted in the filing of an international patent describing nanoparticles for imaging and drug delivery. He is also committed to inspiring students to pursue science careers and is involved in a range of voluntary science engagement activities. He combines his academic work with sporting excellence, representing Australia in hockey.
- 2012 David Erceg-Hurn
- 2008 Jacinta Delhaize
Science Ambassador of the Year
2013 - Professor Myra Keep
Professor Myra Keep has developed a range of geological research, teaching and outreach activities in East Timor through significant collaboration with all levels of government, schools and the local community. She initiated the program and has raised all the required funds for her research and engagement activities. Her outreach activities have included the training of young geologists, students, government officials and industry personnel leading to significant community development.
She has been instrumental in the development of student links between UWA and East Timor. A number of these students have now returned to Timor as trained geologists, having completed degrees in Australia and elsewhere.
2008 - SymbioticA
SymbioticA, the UWA Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, is an internationally recognised art and science collaborative research laboratory dedicated to the artistic research, learning and critique of life sciences.
The first of its kind in the world, the laboratory enables artists to engage in hands-on biology practices and collaborate with scientists in a biological science department. With an emphasis on experiential practice, SymbioticA encourages better understanding and articulation of cultural ideas around scientific knowledge and informed critique of the ethical and cultural issues of life manipulation.
SymbioticA offers a new means of artistic inquiry where artists actively use the tools and technologies of science, not just to comment about them but also to explore their possibilities.
ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year
2019 - Ms Jessica Kretzmann
Ms Kretzmann’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of new gene therapies that have the potential to revolutionise cancer treatment and avoid traditional side effects of chemotherapy. As a recipient of the 2018 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Ms Kretzmann was selected by the Australian Academy of Sciences to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting and was 1 of 80 women worldwide selected for the Antarctic leadership and science initiative, Homeward Bound. Growing up in rural Western Australia, Ms Kretzmann learnt firsthand how beneficial outreach programs are for science education and passionately pursues outreach programs for local and rural students as an Australian Nanotechnology Network Young Nanotechnology Ambassador. She is currently committed to a range of voluntary science engagement activities through Scitech, Education Lab and Ignite Mentoring.
- 2018 Mr Arman Siahvashi
- 2017 Mr David Gozzard
- 2016 Mr Christopher Brennan-Jones
Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year
2019 - Ms Sharynne Hamilton
Ms Hamilton’s doctorate seeks to merge western neurodevelopmental science with the social determinants of Aboriginal health to provide a framework which promotes healing in Western Australian communities. Her research has led to peer-reviewed publications and invitations to publish in one of Australia’s most influential research-policy interface blogs, Power to Persuade. Ms Hamilton’s work on family inclusion in child welfare, sporting initiatives in the Kimberley and with Elders and senior Aboriginal women documenting their ‘on-country’ birthing stories provide insights into initiatives that have positive impacts for Aboriginal communities. Her research excellence is recognised through an impressive list of awards and study grants, including the Neville Bonner Honours Scholarship (2013) and the Peter and Anne Hector Award for Aboriginal Health (2017).
Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year
2014 - Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER) Science Engagement Initiative
CIBER's Science Engagement Initiative aims to increase community awareness about honeybees. It showcases the links from bees to pollination, food and honey and the industries and people that depend on them.
CIBER uses a variety of strategies to engage audiences, including an academy award nominated documentary, an annual public Honey Festival in the Swan Valley, a permanent honeybee exhibition at Scitech and a dedicated social media page encouraging users to follow ongoing activities.
WA Tall Poppies
The Tall Poppy Campaign was created in 1998 by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to recognise and celebrate Australian intellectual and scientific excellence and to encourage younger Australians to follow in the footsteps of our outstanding achievers. It has made significant achievements towards building a more publicly engaged scientific leadership in Australia.
The Western Australian Young Tall Poppy Campaign was launched in May 2010 and has seen nominations and winners from across all the major universities. Ceremonies are held each year in Perth.
- Chris Brennan-Jones
Clinical Senior Lecturer
- Willem (Joost) Lesterhuis
Senior Research Fellow
- Asha Bowen
Clinical Associate Professor
- Ben Jackson
School of Human Sciences
- Luke Davies
- Verena Schoepf
Oceans Graduate School
- Monika Murcha
ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
- Danail Obreschkow
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
Senior Research Fellow
- Ivy Wong
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
Super Science Fellow
- Olivier Van Aken
ARC Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology
- Ruth Thornton
School of Paediatrics and Child Health
BrightSpark Research Fellow
- Shelley Gorman
Telethon Kids Institute
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
- Sandra Tanz
ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
- Gina Trapp
School of Population Health
Adjunct Research Fellow
- Tristen Clemons
- Brendan Kennedy
- Peter Peeling
- Jean-Paul Hobbs
- Graeme Zosky
- Hannah Moore
- Louise Naylor
- Ryan Lister
- Alex Hewitt
- Kevin Pfleger
- Lea-Ann Stirling Kirkham
- Ben Corry
- Aleksandra Filipovska
- Monique Robinson
- Keith Stubbs
- David White
- Andrew Whitehouse
Members of the Australian Academies
Being granted fellowship of a learned academy is a measure of prestige that recognizes expertise and research quality. Fellows are elected by peers and work to advance scholarship and public interest in their respective academic areas.
Australian Academy of Law
Launched on 17 July 2007, the Australian Academy of Law is the fifth learned Academy in Australia and is the culmination of a process begun with the Australian Law Reform Commission’s landmark report
2019 Professor Natalie Skead
Dr Skead is the Dean and Head of School of the UWA Law School. She teaches and and researches in Equity and Trusts, Property, Remedies, Proceeds of Crime, and Legal Education.
- 2014 Prof Erika Techera
- tbc Prof William Ford
- tbc Prof Richard Bartlett
Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences purpose is to advance health and medical research in Australia and its translation into benefits for all, by fostering leadership within our sector, providing expert advice to decision makers, and engaging patients and the public.
2018 Professor Bruce Robinson
Professor Bruce Robinson is a UWA Professor of Medicine, an experienced lung specialist and a leading research scientist. He is Director of an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence focussed on getting the body’s immune system to fight cancer, particularly asbestos-induced cancers, and on ‘cracking the code’ of cancer using gene sequencing to provide new targets for therapy. He is an acknowledged world leader in his field and has won numerous prestigious scientific awards, including the international Wagner Medal, awards from the RACP, AMA and TSANZ and the Premier’s Science Award. In 2013 he was named Western Australian of the Year.
- 2017 Carol Bower
- 2017 Karen Simmer
- 2017 Stephen Zubrick
- 2016 Graeme Hankey
- 2016 Christobel Saunders
- 2015 Donna Cross
- 2015 Wendy Erber
- 2015 Peter Klinken
- 2015 Nigel Laing
- 2015 Peter Leedman
- 2015 David Mackey
- 2015 Barry Marshall
- 2015 Susan Prescott
- 2015 Stephen Stick
- 2015 Fiona Stanley
- 2015 Steve Webb
- 2015 Fiona Wood
Australian Academy of the Humanities
The Australian Academy of the Humanities is the national body for the humanities in Australia, championing the contribution humanities, arts and culture make to national life. Our work aims to ensure ethical, historical and cultural perspectives inform discussions regarding Australia?s future challenges and opportunities.
2018 Professor Jane Balme
Jane Balme is Professor of Archaeology and Head of School in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. She is internationally renowned for her diverse contributions to the archaeology of Indigenous Australia, especially the Pleistocene period, and for her research on the subject of colonisation of new continents. Her excavations and reporting of archaeological sites dating to this early period of human occupation of the continent have provided crucial data on which subsequent syntheses and interpretation have been based.
Her work on gender roles in archaeological interpretation is widely cited and she has made significant contributions to the discipline through curriculum development and review across the Higher Education Sector.
Jane has basic French reading skills for her professional reading.
- 2014 Prof Jane Lydon
- 2013 Prof Yasmin Haskell
- 2012 E/Prof Philip Mead
- 2012 Professor Susan Broomhall
- 2012 Prof Terri-ann White
- 2008 E/Prof Gareth Griffiths
- 2007 Prof Krishna Sen
- 2006 A/Prof John Kinder
- 2005 Prof Peter Veth
- 2000 Prof Stewart Candlish
- 1996 Prof Lorenzo Polizzotto
- 1995 Prof David Kennedy
- 1994 E/Prof John Melville-Jones
- 1993 Mr Jeremy Green
- 1991 Prof Robert White
- 1980 E/Prof John Scott
- 1979 E/Prof David Tunley
The Academy is the national body for the humanities in Australia, championing the contribution humanities, arts and culture make to national life.
The award celebrates the outstanding career of Andrew McCredie AM FAHA (1930–2006) Emeritus Professor of Musicology at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was an eminent musicologist, who greatly influenced the teaching of music in Australian universities and schools.
2019 Dr Sarah Collins
Dr Collins is a senior lecturer of Musicology at the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music. Her research focuses on the intersection between political, aesthetic and ethical concerns in music literature of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
The Max Crawford Medal is Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities. It is presented to an early career scholar for outstanding achievement in the humanities, whose research and publications make an exceptional contribution to the understanding of their discipline by the general public.
1993 Professor Hilary Fraser FAHA
Australian Academy of The Social Sciences in Australia
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) is an independent, interdisciplinary body of elected Fellows. Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences (FASSA) is an honour conferred for scholarly distinction in research or the advancement of social sciences.
The Academy has also made provision for the nomination of Honorary Fellows to the Academy aimed at honoring individuals who are recognized for their exemplary achievements but not necessarily in academia.
2017 Winthrop Professor Michael Blakeney
Michael Blakeney is Winthrop Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, UWA and Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary University of London. He has held academic positions at a number of Universities in Australia and the UK and formerly worked in the Asia Pacific Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization. He is an arbitrator with the International Court of Arbitration.
2017 Emeritus Professor Victoria Burbank
Victoria Burbank is a psychological anthropologist whose writing rests largely on her fieldwork in the remote community of Numbulwar, conducted over a period of thirty years. Among her publications she counts three books, all of which portray and contextualize the lives and concerns of the Aboriginal people in this community. Her first book, Aboriginal Adolescence (Rutgers University Press), is a part of the now classic Adolescents in a Changing World series. Her second book, Fighting Women (University of California Press, was based on her PhD fieldwork conducted over 18 months in 1977 and 1978 and two subsequent periods of fieldwork. Her latest book, An Ethnography of Stress (Palgrave McMillan), has been described by one reviewer as `a brave, hugely original work on topics of global interest?. Her research has been supported by the United States? National Institute of Mental Health, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, the H. F, Guggenheim Foundation, the United States? National Science Foundation and the Australian Research Council. Although `retired?, she continues her connection with and writing about the people of Numbulwar along with other academic projects.
Long a member of the NTEU and UWA Academic Staff Association, she served on the Branch Committee of the former and the Management Committee of the latter for several years before her retirement. She continues her association with the NTEU as a lifetime member and her activity with UWAASA as an Honourary Member and Observer.
2017 Professor Cristina Gibson
Professor Cristina Gibson is currently a Professor of the University of Western Australia and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, having been the first management scholar to receive this honor in Australia. She studies how culture, organizational structures, policies, and technology are influences on collective cognitive processes such as information exchange. Her research has informed global practice, providing guidance regarding the motivational processes that must be managed in order to successfully implement teams internationally. More specifically, results shed light on the appropriate leadership and human resource practices needed in order to maximize the quality of the work experience, the effectiveness of teams, and the competitiveness of multinational firms.
Professor Gibson is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her research, including six major grants from the Australian Research Council, three major multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation. She is co-editor of Virtual Teams That Work: Creating the Conditions for Virtual Team Effectiveness and co-author of the book Multinational Teams: A New Perspective. She has published over 65 articles in leading journals, including Organizational Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology.
2017 Professor Stephen Zubrick
Stephen Zubrick currently holds a Professorial appointment in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia and is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute.
He is also Chairman of the Consortium Advisory Group for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and a Member of the Steering Committee for the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. In 2014, he was one of nine Chief Investigators who lead and won the funding to create an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Lifecourse (The Life Course Centre) and is its Deputy Director.
In 2010 he received the Citizen of the Year Award for lifetime contributions to the children and young people of Western Australia.
- 2014 Prof Sharon Parker
- 2013 Prof Gill Rhodes
- 2012 Prof David Pannell
- 2010 Prof Thomas O'Donoghue
- 2006 Prof Darrell Turkington
- 2004 E/Prof Izan Izan
- 2002 Prof David Badcock
- 2002 Prof Colin MacLeod
- 2000 E/Prof Laksiri Jayasuriya
- 1998 Prof Kenneth Clements
- 1996 Prof Fiona Stanley
- 1993 E/Prof Norman Etherington
- 1990 Prof David Andrich
- 1988 Prof Robert Tonkinson
- 1976 E/Prof Philip Brown
- 1967 E/Prof Reg Appleyard
Australian Academy of Science
The Australian Academy of Science champions, celebrates and supports excellence in Australian science, promotes international scientific engagement, builds public awareness and understanding of science and provides independent, authoritative and influential scientific advice.
2018 Emeritus Professor David Blair
David Blair is an experimental physicist, who has pioneered three separate areas of precision measurement science. He pioneered ‘microwave cavity electro-mechanics’ (which make ultra-sensitive displacement measurements that harness electromagnetic springs and self-cooling), the use of ‘whispering gallery modes in sapphire’ (for the creation of exceptionally low noise clocks and oscillators), and the study of ‘three mode interactions’ (that underpinned the detection of gravitational waves in 2015).
Blair also led the creation of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre in Western Australia, which contributed to the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and helped enable the detection of gravitational waves.
- 2015 Professor Jenefer Blackwell
- 2015 Professor Ian Small
- 2013 Prof Hans Lambers
- 2013 Prof Stephen Powles
- 2013 Prof Michael Tobar
- 2009 Prof Leigh Simmons
- 2006 Prof Lorenzo Faraone
- 2004 Prof Richard Hobbs
- 2004 Prof Malcolm McCulloch
- 2003 E/Prof David Groves
- 2002 Prof Fiona Stanley
- 2000 Prof Adrian Baddeley
- 2000 Prof Mark Randolph
- 1999 Prof Barry Marshall
- 1998 Prof James Williams
- 1996 Prof Cheryl Praeger
- 1993 Prof Jorg Imberger
- 1980 E/Prof John Pate
Central to the purpose of the Academy is the recognition and support of outstanding contributions to the advancement of science.
Central to the purpose of the Academy is the recognition and support of outstanding contributions to the advancement of science. The honorific awards were established to recognise distinguished research in three categories: awards of medals and prizes are made to early-career scientists up to 10 years post PhD, mid-career scientists 8 to 15 years post PhD, and the prestigious career awards which are made to scientists for life-long achievement.
The Academy Medal recognises outstanding contributions to science by means other than through scientific research. It is awarded to a person outside the Fellowship who has, by sustained efforts in the public domain, significantly advanced the cause of science and technology in Australia or who has made a substantial contribution to the Academy.
Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal for research in mathematics or physics
2013 Professor Cheryl Elisabeth Praeger AM FAA
Mathematics and Statistics
Professor Cheryl Praeger has transformed our understanding of groups acting on large systems, producing new theories, algorithms and designs that have advanced every field that exploits the symmetry of large systems. Her research has led to significant new directions taken up by mathematicians internationally. Her algorithms have enhanced powerful computer algebra systems which have transformed research and teaching of algebra.
Mawson Medal and Lecture
2008 Professor Peter Cawood
Professor of Geology, Tectonics Special Research Centre, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Peter Cawood is an international leader in the application of structural geology, tectonic processes and geochronology, and has contributed greatly to our understanding of the development of the continental lithosphere throughout geological time. His research is concerned with the integration of field-based studies of mountain belts and their bounding cratons with the development and application of tectonic models.
Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science
2019 Professor Jacqueline Batley
School of Biological Sciences
Professor Batley has made major contributions to our understanding of the genetics and genomics of crops including canola (Brassica napus), a major source of edible oil. Her DNA markers have been critically important in the mapping and sequencing of genomes of canola, related Brassicas such as turnip and cabbage, and other crops including wheat, peas and lentils. In addition, she has developed new ways of looking at how pathogens interact genetically with crop plants. In these ways she has played a key role in pioneering biotechnological methods that are now being exploited by plant breeders worldwide. Examples of some successful commercial applications in canola include improvements in oil quality, reduced shattering of seed pods, and breeding for increased resistance to blackleg fungus infection. Her motivation to improve world food security and rural economies is being rewarded through such applications.
Jacques Miller Medal for experimental biomedicine
2018 Killugudi Swaminathan Iyer
School of Molecular Sciences
Professor Swaminathan Iyer in the School of Molecular Sciences at the University of Western Australia, leads an internationally recognised research program in the field of bionanotechnology. His transdisciplinary research program focuses on integrating fundamental concepts of cell and molecular biology with bioengineering to develop innovative nanoformulations that are designed for the treatment of currently untreatable medical emergencies like traumatic brain injuries, cardiovascular diseases, placental disorders in pregnancy and cancers (breast, cervical, colorectal). The nanoformulations developed by Iyer?s research group are able to track the localisation of the drug and pathological process simultaneously during treatment: a single procedure potentially leads to both diagnosis and therapy in one hit. The ultimate goal of his research is to enable an overall increase in quality and length of life for patients, through informed decisions about timing, dosage, drug choice, and treatment strategies for personalised medicine, with improved efficacy and lower off-target toxicity.
John Booker Medal
2020 Asst Professor Britta Bienen
Oceans Graduate School
Associate Professor Britta Bienen’s world-leading research delivers innovative foundation solutions for the complex challenges associated with offshore oil and gas and renewable energy infrastructure. Through the development of practical predictive methods for soil-structure interaction problems, grounded in sound geotechnical science, her internationally recognised expertise translates scientific findings to significant impact in industry.
Her major achievements include developing models that encapsulate foundation response in a way that is compatible with structural engineering and can be integrated into analysis software used by the majority of offshore engineers. This is critical for robust, reliable and cost-effective design of infrastructure one which the global energy supply depends. Her award-winning research on jack-up footing extraction has had marked impact in industry, enhancing safety of personnel and assets. Her contributions to this field are of major significance, have been incorporated in international industry guidelines and are of direct benefit to geotechnical practice in Australia and worldwide.
Le Févre Medal
2018 Asst/Prof Amir Karton
School of Molecular Sciences
Associate Professor Amir Karton leads the computational chemistry group at the University of Western Australia. He currently holds a prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. His research interests are focused on the development of quantum chemical theory for the calculation of highly accurate chemical properties and the application of these procedures to problems of chemical structure, mechanism, and design. Amir?s computational chemistry group is working closely with internationally leading experimental groups in order to tackle challenging chemical problems that span several disciplines, ranging from biochemistry to nano-chemistry. These include the computational design of graphene-based functional materials, elucidating the mechanisms by which enzymes catalyse molecular transformations, and simulations of atmospherically relevant chemical reactions.
Amir obtained his PhD in computational chemistry in 2010 with Prof. Jan Martin at the Weizmann Institute of Science and then continued to a postdoctoral period with Prof. Leo Radom at the University of Sydney. In addition to the Le Fevre Medal, he received the Vice-Chancellor?s Early Career Investigators Award (2016) and the Outstanding Young Investigator Award (2013) from UWA.
Ruth Stephens Gani Medal for distinguished research in human genetics
2014 Winthrop Prof Ryan Lister
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Professor Ryan Lister studies the epigenome, the millions of molecular signposts added to the genome to regulate the activity of the underlying genetic information. His development of key techniques to map the epigenome has enabled major advances in our understanding of its role in gene regulation in both plants and animals. Professor Lister’s investigation into epigenome dynamics during mammalian brain development has provided the first comprehensive maps of epigenome dynamics through mammalian brain development, in both humans and mice. His discoveries provide an essential foundation to understanding the role of the epigenome in mammalian gene regulation and brain development.
Fenner Medal for distinguished research in biology (excluding the biomedical sciences)
2012 Prof A Harvey Millar
ARC Australian Professorial Fellow and Winthrop Professor
ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Science
Professor Harvey Millar’s research focuses on energy production in plants and how the process of respiration is affected by harsh climates. His work has shown how respiration can be protected in plant cells during environmental stress, how production of the antioxidant vitamin C is controlled in plants, and how the complex links between respiration and plant growth can alter plant yields. His discoveries underpin our understanding of respiratory damage in cell ageing and disease, relevant to both plants and animals.
Anton Hales Medal for research in the earth sciences
2010 Prof David White
Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
David White has developed models for the behaviour of the weak and mobile seabed sediments on which the pipelines and infrastructure required to develop Australia’s oil and gas resources must be built. He has led the design and deployment of new instruments to characterise the shifting sands and liquefiable muds found offshore Australia, and his design methods for pipelines and foundations have been rapidly adopted by industry.
1990 The Hon Robert (Bob) Hawke
School of Law
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering is a Fellowship organisation, comprising men and women elected on the basis of their expertise and experience.
2019 Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz
Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz is instrumental in developing and implementing best practice methods in asset management nationally and internationally. She chaired the Standards Australia committee responsible for the ISO 55001 Asset Management Standard and in 2016 received the MESA Medal, a lifetime achievement award for services to the asset management community.
In 2015, Professor Hodkiewicz became the BHP Billiton Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations at UWA. In 2016, she was appointed to the METS Ignited Advisory Council, and the following year she joined the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority Advisory Board.
In 2018, Professor Hodkiewicz was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Alan Turing Institute in London with the Data Centric Engineering group to work on the “Siri for Maintenance” project and was also part of the successful Australian Research Council and industry-funded bid to establish a new Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science.
She is a bridge builder working at the nexus of industry and universities, valued for her technical expertise. By establishing multidisciplinary teams she has broken new ground in understanding human, organisational and technology factors that affect asset maintenance and safety.
- 2018 Prof Wallace Cowling
- 2018 Prof Eric May
- 2018 Prof Phillip Watson
- 2015 Prof David White
- 2013 Prof Peter Quinn
- 2012 Prof Robyn Owens
- 2010 Prof Alison Ord
- 2009 E/Prof Mark Bush
- 2009 Prof Lyn Beazley
- 2008 Prof Mark Cassidy
- 2008 Prof Michael Tobar
- 2006 Prof Bruce Hobbs
- 2005 Prof Kadambot Siddique
- 2004 Prof Lorenzo Faraone
- 2004 Prof Dongke Zhang
- 2001 Prof Ian Constable
- 1998 Prof Stephen Powles
- 1993 Prof Mark Randolph
- 1992 Prof Antonio Cantoni
- 1992 Prof Neil Turner
- 1985 Prof Jorg Imberger
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies is a world-renowned research, collections and publishing organisation. We promote knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, traditions, languages and stories, past and present.
2005 Professor Alan Dench
Professor Alan Dench was educated at the University of Western Australia and at the Australian National University. His main research interest is the grammatical description and historical reconstruction and comparison of Australian Aboriginal languages, especially those of Western Australia. He has published grammars of three languages of the Pilbara - Panyjima, Martuthunira and Yingkarta - and is writing a description of Nyamal. He has also collected materials in Kurrama and Yinhawangka, and has worked on aspects of Noongar.
He has at different times served as the Head of Linguistics, Head of the School of Humanities, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UWA. He is currently Dean of Graduate Research and Postdoctoral Training at UWA. He is a member of the Executive of the Council of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies, Australia (DDoGS) and chairs the Go8 Deans of Graduate Studies.
- 2001 Aspro Violet Bacon
- 1998 Prof Jane Balme
- 1998 Aspro Richard Davis
- 1998 Prof Sandy Toussaint
- 1992 Prof Jill Milroy
- 1992 Prof Peter Veth
- 1990 Dr John Henderson
- 1978 E/Prof Sandra Bowdler
- 1965 Prof Robert Tonkinson