Image: The Royal Society.  Source: The Royal Society of London
Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Seven scientists from Australian universities have been elected to the Royal Society of London for their exceptional contributions to science. The Australians, all of whom have benefited from ARC support at some point in their careers, were among the 50 recognised by the Royal Society—an honour which they share with some of the world's most eminent scientists and innovators.

The seven new Australian Fellows of the Royal Society of London are:

Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons—a 2013 ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales and current Australian of the Year—who is leading the charge in the development of the world's first scalable quantum computer circuit.

Professor Frank Caruso—a 2012 ARC Australian Laureate Fellow based at the University of Melbourne, and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence on Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology—who has led breakthroughs in coaxing nano-sized colloidal particles to self-assemble into advanced materials.

Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson—a chemical engineer based at The University ofNewcastle—who has led a number of Discovery Projects and Linkage Projects grants in the development and refinement of flotation processes used in many industries, such as in mining for recovering valuable minerals from crushed ore.

Professor Ingrid Scheffer—Chair of Paediatric Neurology Research at The University of Melbourne—whose work has changed our understanding of the underlying neurobiology of epilepsy.

Professor Peter Visscher—a quantitative geneticist based at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland and the Queensland Brain Institute—who has led ARC Discovery Projects grants in epigenetics, applying statistical techniques to understand the basis in DNA of complex genetic traits.

Professor Jillian Banfield—an Earth scientist at The University of Melbourne who has participated in ARC Linkage Projects and Discovery Projects grants—whose research spans across sites in Northern California to Australia and has added to our knowledge of exotic microbial communities in sediments, soil, water, biofilms and animals.

Professor Geordie Williamson—a Professor of Mathematics based at The University ofSydney, who is the Royal Society's youngest currently elected Fellow—for his astounding contribution to representation theory, which is the study of linear symmetry in mathematics (the topic of a 2016 ARC Discovery Projects grant of which he is a participant).

The ARC congratulates all the new Fellows on their distinguished achievements in advancing Australian science for the benefit of the world.


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Image: The Royal Society. Source: The Royal Society of London