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Media Release

 

1 November 2012

 

CONGRATULATIONSā€”PM'S PRIZES FOR SCIENCE WINNERS

 

Australian Research Council Chief Executive Officer Professor Aidan Byrne has congratulated all the winners of last night's Prime Minister's Prizes for Science and applauded them for the valuable contribution they have and continue to make to research and education in Australia.

"I extend a special mention to esteemed researcher Professor Ken Freeman for being awarded the prestigious 2012 Prime Minister's Prize for Science," Professor Byrne said.

"Professor Freeman has been a lead investigator on 12 ARC funded projects, worth over $5.5 million, since 2003. He has also made a strong contribution to the research sector with his participation on ARC review panels.

"He is one of our nation's most renowned astronomers and I am thrilled he has been awarded this Prize."

Professor Freeman is currently Chief Investigator on two ARC Discovery Projects worth a combined $610,000. The projects are in galactic archaeology. One is a radial velocity experiment to unveil the history of the Milky Way and the other looks at a new probe of the cold dark matter paradigm.

Professor Byrne also congratulated Professor Eric May, who received the 2012 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year at the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science award ceremony.

"Professor May has been a lead investigator on 11 ARC funded projects, worth over $3.8 million, since 2006," Professor Byrne said.

Professor May is currently Chief Investigator on a Discovery Project, a Linkage Project and two Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities projects worth a combined $1.8 million.

For more information about Professors Freeman and May, and all prize winners, visit the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science website.

For more information about the ARC and the grant schemes mentioned above, visit the ARC website.

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