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ANU scientist Graham Farquhar first Australian to win Kyoto Prize

ANU scientist Graham Farquhar first Australian to win Kyoto Prize

Image: Dr Graham Farquhar.

Dr Graham Farquhar, lead Chief Investigator on numerous ARC-funded research projects, has become the first Australian to win a prestigious 2017 Kyoto Prize—the most prestigious international award for fields not traditionally honoured with a Nobel Prize.

Kyoto Prizes are awarded annually in three categories—Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy to people ‘who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind’.

Dr Farquhar has won the 2017 Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences for his life’s work in plant biophysics and photosynthesis, which has involved research on water-efficient crops and the impacts of climate change. He has also helped develop new water-efficient varieties of wheat, contributed to improved global food security and found correlations between slowing wind speeds and climate changes.

Dr Farquhar is a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis at the Australian National University, where he is also a Distinguished Professor in the School of Biology.  

This latest award follows other prestigious awards including Officer in the Order of Australia (2013) and the 2016 Australian Academy of Science Macfarlane Burnett Medal and Lecture.

Media issued by The Australian National University.

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