Awards and Prizes

Celebrating the achievements of UWA's finest researchers

Nobel Prize

The Nobel PrizeThe Nobel Prize is a highly prestigious international award that recognizes outstanding contributions for humanity.

Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology

Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren

2005 - Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren

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.

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Fields Medal

The Fields MedalThe Fields Medal is awarded to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.

2018 - Professor Akshay Venkatesh

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.

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Highly Cited Researchers

Clarivate Analytics

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 Mark W ChaseProfessor Mark W Chase
Plant & Animal Science
Professor Graeme HankeyProfessor Graeme Hankey
Clinical Medicine
Professor Richard J HobbsProfessor Richard J Hobbs
Professor Davey L. JonesProfessor Davey L. Jones
Agricultural Sciences
Professor Hans LambersProfessor Hans Lambers
Agricultural Sciences
Professor A. Harvey MillarProfessor A. Harvey Millar
Professor Rana MunnsProfessor Rana Munns
Plant & Animal Science
Professor Stephen PowlesProfessor Stephen Powles
Agricultural Sciences
Professor Ian D SmallProfessor Ian D Small
Plant & Animal Science
Professor Enrico ValdinociProfessor Enrico Valdinoci
Professor Rajeev VarshneyProfessor Rajeev Varshney
Agricultural Sciences and Plant & Animal Science
Professor Gerald WattsProfessor Gerald Watts

ARC Laureate Fellows

The Australian Research Council’s Laureate Fellowships

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

  • Prof Enrico Valdinoci2019 - Prof Enrico Valdinoci
    Mathematics and Statistics
  • Professor Colin MacLeod2017 - Prof Colin MacLeod
    School of Psychological Science
  • Prof Sharon Parker2016 - Prof Sharon Parker
    (Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award)
    Management and Organisations, Business School
  • Prof Ian Small2014 - Prof Ian Small
    ARC Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology
  • Prof Mark Cassidy2013 - Prof Mark Cassidy
    Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
  • Prof Malcolm McCulloch2012 - Prof Malcolm McCulloch
    School of Earth and Environment
  • Prof Mike Tobar2009 - Prof Mike Tobar
    School of Physics
  • Prof Richard Hobbs2009 - Prof Richard Hobbs
    School of Plant Biology
  • Prof Cheryl Praeger2007 - Prof Cheryl Praeger
    Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation
  • Prof David Pannell2007 - Prof David Pannell
    Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP)
  • Prof Mark Randolph2005 - Prof Mark Randolph
    Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
  • Prof Leigh Simmons2004 - Prof Leigh Simmons
    Centre for Evolutionary Biology
  • Prof Steven Smith2004 - Prof Steven Smith
    ARC Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology

WA Fellowships

WA Fellowship

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:

Professor Mark Jessell

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 WhiteleyProfessor Andrew Whiteley
    School of Earth and Environment
  • Professor Shaun Collin Professor Shaun Collin
    Sensory Systems of Vertebrates
  • Professor Malcolm McCulloch Professor Malcolm McCulloch
    Coral Reefs
  • Professor Peter Quinn Professor Peter Quinn
    Radio Astronomy
  • Professor Klaus Regenaur-Lieb Professor Klaus Regenaur-Lieb
  • Professor Ian Small Professor Ian Small
    Plant Molecular Biology
  • Professor Lister Staveley-Smith Professor Lister Staveley-Smith
    Radio Astronomy

Prime Minister's Prize for Science

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.

Prize Winners

Professor Mark Jessell

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.

  • Professor David Huang2019 Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation
    Professor David Huang - Future Fellow
    UWA School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Professor Ryan Lister2014 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
    Professor Ryan Lister - Future Fellow
    ARC Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology
  • Professor Mark Cassidy2013 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
    Professor Mark Cassidy - Director
    Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
  • Professor Eric May2007 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
    Professor Eric May - Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering
    UWA Centre for Energy
  • Professor A. Harvey Millar2005 Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
    Professor A. Harvey Millar - Centre Director
    ARC Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology

Fulbright Alumni

Fulbright logo

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
Joshua Mylne2017UWAUniversity of Minnesota
Jessica Kretzmann2017UWAUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Hannah Etchells2017UWAUniversity of California Berkeley
Simon Jankowski2017UWAUnited States Geological Survey, California Water Science Center
Craig McCormack2016UWAUniversity of Houston
Ursula Salmon2016UWAStanford University
Shraddha Kashyap2016UWANYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture
Matthew Crowley2015UWAFederal Trade Commission in DC and NY
Briony Swire-Thompson2015UWAMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Zdenko Rengel2014UWAKansas State University
Joanna Vincent2014UWAYale University
Jean-Paul Hobbs2014UWA, James Cook UniversityUniversity of Hawaii -  Manoa
Roxanne Moore2013UWANew York University
Tiago Tomaz2013UWAUniversity of Illinois
Stephen McAnearney2011UWAColumbia University
Anna Rakoczy2011UWAStanford University
Hugo Leith2009UWAYale University
Alexander Wyatt2009UWA
Julie Owen2007UWAArizona State University
Karel Hartlieb2007UWAClarksonUniversity
Andrew Nicol2007UWAHarvard University
Billie Giles-Corti2007UWAStanford University
Martin Soh2005UWAUniversity of Minnesota
Andrea Ang2004UWAHarvard University
Jonathan Paget1997UWAEastman School of Music
Matthew Hollingworth1997UWAMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Giacinta Parish1996UWAUniversity of California - Santa Barbara
Amanda Bower1995UWAColumbia University
Louise Egerton-Warburton1994UWAUniversity of California - Riverside
Rowan Davies1993UWACarnegie Mellon University
Dhammika Dharmapala1993UWAUniversity of California - Berkeley
Andrew Johnston1992UWAUniversity of Minnesota
Patrick O'Brien1991UWAUniversity of California - Berkeley
Neil Levi1990UWAColumbia University
Robert Lindner1990UWAUniversity of California - Davis
Gilbert Chiang1989UWAMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Kelvin Willoughby1988UWAUniversity of California - Berkeley
Robert Wilson1987UWACornell University
David Clarke1987UWAPrinceton University
Stephen Anderson1987UWAUniversity of California - Berkeley
Louis Moses1985UWAStanford University
David Beard1983UWAUniversity of Arizona
William Macklin1982UWAUniversity of Washington
Richard Higgott1981UWAHarvard University
Ian Birch1978UWAHarvard University
Peter Kenyon1977UWAUniversity of Virginia
Gordon Reid1977UWA
Colin White1976UWAUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison
Johannes Wajon1975UWAHarvard University
Christopher Adam1974UWAHarvard University
John Melville-Jones1974UWAPrinceton University
Bruce Wright1974UWAVarious Institutions
Neil R Lynch1973UWAChidrens Asthma Research & Hospital
George Winterton1973UWAColumbia University
Darrell Turkington1973UWAUniversity of California - San Diego
Bryan Burke1971UWAUniversity of California - Los Angeles
David Andrich1971UWAUniversity of Chicago
Neville Hoffman1971UWAVarious Institutions
Geoffrey Soutar1970UWACornell University
Terrence Nicholas1970UWAUniversity of California - Santa Barbara
Evan Morgan1969UWAColumbia University
Anastasios (Ray) Petridis1969UWADuke University
Byron Kakulas1969UWAHarvard University
Leslie Little1969UWAUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison
Brian Figgis1968UWAUniversity of Arizona
George Osborne1968UWAUniversity of Southern California
Wayne Millen1967UWAUniversity of California - Los Angeles
Donald Watts1967UWAUniversity of Southern California
Trevor Redgrave1967UWA
Noel Cant1966UWACarnegie Mellon University
Allan Fels AO1966UWADuke University
D K Foot1966UWAHarvard University
Hugh Collins1966UWAHarvard University
John Mahony1966UWAHarvard University
Neville Fowkes1965UWAHarvard University
Alan Parker1965UWAUniversity of California - Los Angeles
Charles Kuiper1965UWAUniversity of Chicago
Barry Wilson1964UWAHarvard University
Mervyn Austin1964UWAIowa State University
John Wager1964UWAPurdue University
Wilfred Simmonds1964UWARockefeller University
H D Evans1963UWAHarvard University
Imre Kaldor1963UWAUniversity of California - Berkeley
Neville Stanley1963UWAUniversity of Notre Dame
Aubrey Yates1963UWAUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison
Judge Bevan1962UWAArizona State University
Vincent Di Lollo1962UWAIndiana University
Basil Balme1962UWANew York University
Neil Rickert1962UWAYale University
Harris Levey1961UWAHarvard University
K J Carter1961UWAYale University
Laurie Mashford MBBS MSc FRACP1960UWAHarvard University
John Bloomfield1960UWAUniversity of Oregon
Douglas White1959UWAStanford University
R L Taylor1959UWAUniversity of Minnesota
Albert Blakers1958UWADartmouth College
Andrew Cole1958UWAMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Murray Littlejohn1958UWAUniversity of Texas - Austin
Arnold Cook1957UWAHarvard University
Henry Morris1957UWAUniversity of Southern California
Raymond Storer1956UWABrown University
William Compston1956UWACalifornia Institute of Technology
Peter Fisher1956UWAPurdue University
Brian Grieve1955UWACalifornia Institute of Technology
John Ferres1955UWALouisiana State University
Brian Bolto1955UWAPurdue University
Daryll Wheeler1955UWASan Francisco State University
Horace (Harry) Waring1955UWA
Allan Wilson1954UWAIndiana University
Eion McRae1953UWAFlorida State University
Joseph Miller1953UWAUniversity of California - Berkeley
Rhodes Fairbridge1953UWAUniversity of Illinois
Arthur McLean1952UWAUniversity of Chicago
William Edwards1952UWA
John Swan1951UWAUniversity of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Peter Dunlop1951UWAUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison
Jack Loneragan1950UWAUniversity of California - Berkeley
Albert Main CBE FAA BSc (Hons) PhD1950UWAUniversity of Chicago

Fulbright alumni with UWA as the home institute.

Full Name Award YearHome InstitutePrimary Host Institute
Wendy Nicole Nembhard2015University of ArkansasUWA
Scott Stephens2013University of California - BerkeleyUWA
Mike Joyner2010Mayo ClinicUWA
Jessica Boynton2006Eastern Michigan UniversityUWA
Per Henningsgaard2005OtherUWA
Surya Singh2005Stanford UniversityUWA
Michael Zalich2003Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityUWA
Cara Weisbrod2001South Dakota State UniversityUWA
Jordan Furnans2001University of Texas - AustinUWA
David Lilja2000University of MinnesotaUWA
Hasker Davis1999University of ColoradoUWA
Rebecca German1997University of CincinnatiUWA
Stuart Marsh1996University of ArizonaUWA
Rodney Eichenberger1995Florida State UniversityUWA
Nancy Heger1993University of Texas - AustinUWA
Beth Watzke1990University of PittsburghUWA
Eric Pianka1990University of Texas - AustinUWA
Sheila Fitzpatrick1989University of Texas - AustinUWA
Williamson Chang1987University of Hawaii -  ManoaUWA
Gordon Rausser1986University of California - BerkeleyUWA
Thomas Buckley1986University of TulsaUWA
Emilia Martinez-Brawley1985Pennsylvania State UniversityUWA
Arthur Kaufman1984University of New MexicoUWA
George Crumb1984University of PennsylvaniaUWA
Raymond Mohl1983Florida Atlantic UniversityUWA
Eunice Askov1983Pennsylvania State UniversityUWA
John Hallowell1982Duke UniversityUWA
John Connolly1982University of NebraskaUWA
James Adair1981University of FloridaUWA
Lawrence Speck1978University of Texas - AustinUWA
F Hodge O'Neal1975Duke UniversityUWA
William Thomas1974California State UniversityUWA
Lee Sackett1972UWA
R Royall1971Johns Hopkins UniversityUWA
W R Dawson1969Michigan State UniversityUWA
W D Kemper1968Colorado State UniversityUWA
Harold Geering1968Cornell UniversityUWA
A L Pope1967University of Wisconsin - MadisonUWA
LeRoy Breunig1966Columbia UniversityUWA
William Weir1965University of California - DavisUWA
Jerry Anway1965University of Nebraska - OmahaUWA
George Carrier1964Harvard UniversityUWA
John McCaffrey1964Stanford UniversityUWA
Allen Spitzer1963Saint Louis UniversityUWA
Arthur Steinbrenner1963University of ArizonaUWA
R Cassady1963University of California - Los AngelesUWA
Carl Allendoerfer1963University of WashingtonUWA
H H Genoways1963UWA
J A Kirsch1962UWA
Arthur Harry Nash1961University of MichiganUWA
Arnold Kluge1961University of Southern CaliforniaUWA
Alfred Putnam1960University of ChicagoUWA
Martin Wright1960University of KansasUWA
Wayne Packer1959Stanford UniversityUWA
W S Stewart1959UWA
E H Herrick1957UWA
Martin Black1956Duke UniversityUWA
Willard Pedrick1956Northwestern UniversityUWA
Graham Bell1955Louisiana State UniversityUWA
Harold Olmo1955University of California - DavisUWA
Dean McHenry1954University of California - Los AngelesUWA
Ernest Lundelius Jr1954University of ChicagoUWA
George Bartholomew1953University of California - Los AngelesUWA
H Arlin Turner1952Louisiana State UniversityUWA
Martin Carroll1952University of IowaUWA
Harriet Creighton1952Wellesley CollegeUWA
John Spotts1951UWA

Fulbright alumni with UWA as the host institute.

WA Science Hall of Fame

The Western Australian Science Hall of Fame

The Western Australian Science Hall of Fame recognizes excellent and sustained scientific achievement in Western Australia.

2019 Inductee

Professor Carol Bower

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.

2018 Inductee

Emeritus Professor John Pate

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.

2017 Inductee

Emeritus Professor John Pate

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.

2015 Inductee

Professor Cheryl Praeger AM FAA

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.

2014 Inductee

Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AO CitWA FTSE

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.

2013 Inductee

Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE

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.

2012 Inductee

Professor Stephen Hopper AC FLS FTSE

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.

2010 Inductee

Professor Fiona Stanley AC FAA FASSA

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.

2009 Inductee

Professor Ian Constable AO

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 Marshall and Dr Warren

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

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

Professor Mark Cassidy

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.

Professor Christobel Saunders

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

Dr Melissa O’Donnell

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

Mr Tristan Clemons

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

Professor Myra Keep

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

Ms Jessica Kretzmann

2019 - Ms Jessica Kretzmann

PhD candidate

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

Ms Sharynne Hamilton

2019 - Ms Sharynne Hamilton

PhD candidate

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

Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER) Science Engagement Initiative

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

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.

2019 Winners

  • Chris Brennan-Jones Chris Brennan-Jones
    Clinical Senior Lecturer
  •  Willem (Joost) Lesterhuis Willem (Joost) Lesterhuis
    Cancer Biology
    Senior Research Fellow
  • Asha Bowen Asha Bowen
    Clinical Associate Professor

2018 Winners

  • Ben Jackson Ben Jackson
    School of Human Sciences
    Senior Lecturer
  • Luke Davies Luke Davies
    Research Fellow
  • Verena Schoepf Verena Schoepf
    Oceans Graduate School
    Research Fellow

2017 Winners

  • Monika Murcha Monika Murcha
    ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
    Future Fellow

2016 Winners

  • Danail Obreschkow Danail Obreschkow
    International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
    Senior Research Fellow
  • Ivy WongIvy Wong
    International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
    Super Science Fellow
  • Olivier Van AkenOlivier Van Aken
    ARC Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology
    Research Fellow
  • Ruth ThorntonRuth Thornton
    School of Paediatrics and Child Health
    BrightSpark Research Fellow

2015 Winners

  • Shelley GormanShelley Gorman
    Telethon Kids Institute
    Adjunct Senior Lecturer
  • Sandra TanzSandra Tanz
    ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
    Research Fellow
  • Gina TrappGina Trapp
    School of Population Health
    Adjunct Research Fellow

2014 Winners

  • Tristen Clemons
  • Brendan Kennedy
  • Peter Peeling

2013 Winners

  • Jean-Paul Hobbs
  • Graeme Zosky
  • Hannah Moore
  • Louise Naylor
  • Ryan Lister

2012 Winners

  • Alex Hewitt
  • Kevin Pfleger
  • Lea-Ann Stirling Kirkham

2011 Winners

  • 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

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

Professor Natalie Skead
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

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.

Professor Bruce Robinson
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

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.


Professor Jane Balme

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.

McCredie Musicological Award

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.

Dr Sarah Collins
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.

Crawford Medal

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

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)

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.

Winthrop Professor Michael Blakeney
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.

Emeritus Professor Victoria Burbank
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.

Professor Cristina Gibson
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.

Professor Stephen Zubrick
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

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.


Emeritus Professor David Blair

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.

Honorific Awards

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.

Academy Medal

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.

Early-career awards

Asst/Prof Amir Karton
2018 Asst/Prof Amir Karton
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.

  • Winthrop Prof Ryan Lister2014 Winthrop Prof Ryan Lister
    School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Prof A Harvey Millar2012 Prof A Harvey Millar
    ARC Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology
  • Prof David White2010 Prof David White
    Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems

Mid-career awards

Professor Swaminathan Iyer
2018 Killugudi Swaminathan Iyer
molecular science

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.

Career Award
Professor Cheryl Elisabeth Praeger AM FAA
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.

  • Prof Peter Cawood2008 Prof Peter Cawood
    School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Academy Medal
Hon Robert (Bob) Hawke
1990 The Hon Robert (Bob) Hawke
School of Law

Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Australian Academy of Science

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering is a Fellowship organisation, comprising men and women elected on the basis of their expertise and experience.

Professor Wallace Cowling

2018 Professor Wallace Cowling

Professor Cowling is an outstanding contributor to Australian agricultural science, technology and productivity through advances in crop breeding. He is an innovator at the interface of technology and commerce in Australian and international agriculture. As a research leader and company director, he has bred and released more than 60 crop varieties which have improved the production, profitability and sustainability of the Australian grains industry. His research across the disciplines of animal and plant breeding challenges the status quo and promises major improvements. He trains young plant breeders and early career researchers in this new approach.

Professor Eric May

2018 Professor Eric May

Professor May is a global leader in natural gas science and engineering, thermodynamics and metrology whose work has achieved enormous outcomes. He received a Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for his work in the measurement of fluid properties and their application in bringing Australia’s natural gas resources to market. His research has enabled industry to reduce the cost and environmental impact of LNG production, offshore reserves to be developed economically, advanced CCS operations and improved custody transfer standards. Technologies he developed for reducing methane emissions are now being field tested.

Professor Phillip Watson

2018 Professor Phillip Watsony

Professor Phillip Watson is a world-leading expert in offshore geotechnics, setting direction of technology and innovation in consultation with industry leaders. He led Australian specialist consultancy Advanced Geomechanics for six years, overseeing a period of significant growth, before negotiating its sale to international company Fugro. He served as Global Director of GeoConsulting for Fugro, spanning onshore and offshore activities, with emphasis on integration, innovation and technology. He is also OFFshore Hub Director at UWA managing multidisciplinary research teams.

  • 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

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.

Professor Alan Dench
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