14 December 2012

ARC CEO receives prestigious Peter Baume award

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Professor Aidan Byrne, has received the Australian National University's highly-regarded Peter Baume Award.

Until recently, Professor Byrne was Director and Dean of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and took up the position of CEO at the ARC in July this year.

"The Peter Baume Award is the ANU's highest award for exceptional staff members and alumni of the University whose contributions to the economic, cultural, scientific or social development of Australia or the international community have demonstrated distinguished service of the highest degree," said ARC Executive General Manager, Ms Leanne Harvey.

"I congratulate Professor Byrne on this great achievement, which highlights the tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience he brings to his role as CEO of the ARC.

"This award recognises his strong research leadership and contribution to nuclear physics, as well as his long career at ANU throughout which he has been continually involved in science education.

"He is a passionate advocate for new and innovative approaches to science teaching."

Professor Byrne commenced a PhD degree at the ANU in 1981 in the Department of Nuclear Physics in the Research School of Physical Sciences. Following this, he held positions with the University of Melbourne and in Bonn, Germany as a von Humboldt Fellow.

He returned to the ANU in 1989 as a Research Fellow in Nuclear Physics and in 1991 commenced a joint appointment between the Department of Physics, in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering. From 2003-2007, he was Head of the Department of Physics in the Faculties, after which time he was appointed to the role of Dean of Science and Director of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Professor Byrne joined the Australian Research Council as CEO in July 2012.

For a full biography on Professor Byrne, visit the ARC website. 

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