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From humble beginnings to Australian science leader

From humble beginnings to Australian science leader

Prof Chennupati Jagadish

Full article issued by the Australian Academy of Science.

Nanotechnology pioneer Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC FAA FTSE, a multiple ARC grant recipient and 2009 Australian Laureate Fellow, will become the next President of Australia’s premier science organisation, the Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Jagadish said he was humbled by the opportunity to lead the Academy. He is the first Australian of Indian heritage to take on the role.

'I never imagined when I came to Australia with a two-month-old baby and two-year contract thirty-one years ago, that one day I’d be elected a Fellow of the Academy and then go on to lead the organisation,' says Professor Jagadish.

One of the world’s leading physicists, Professor Jagadish’s expertise is in the field of nanotechnology, the science of extremely small things. His research has been applied to make lightweight flexible solar cells, to split water to create hydrogen as a pure energy source and to manipulate neurons to treat people living with dementia.

'The Academy plays an important role providing independent, authoritative and influential scientific advice to the Australian Parliament. I look forward to leading that work and being a champion for the cause of science and scientific excellence,' says Professor Jagadish.

'As a nation, we must adequately invest in research and development to meet national and global challenges, such as climate change and future pandemics.'

 

Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC FAA FTSE. Photo: Bradley Cummings for the Australian Academy of Science.

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