In 2016, ANU lost a dear friend and esteemed colleague, Emeritus Professor John Love. Professor John Love was educated in applied mathematics at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, then spent four years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at universities in the USA and Canada. He arrived at the Institute of Advanced Studies at ANU in 1973 to research fibre optics, and left as an Emeritus Professor in Guided Wave Photonics in the Physics Education Centre at the Research School of Physics and Engineering.
Professor Love was deeply connected to the ANU and Canberra community as a teacher, pioneer researcher and generous philanthropist. In 2014, Professor Love established the flagship Love Scholarship program at ANU to help support students whose circumstances would have prevented them from studying at university. He was committed to supporting equity, excellence and diversity at ANU, and creating opportunities for students to reach their full potential.
Professor Love spent his life helping people from all walks of life and his generous philanthropy will continue, through his bequest to ANU, to impact students, researchers and particularly the recipients of the Love Scholarship. His bequest will continue his legacy and ensure that his generosity will continue beyond his life journey. The bequest will support future Love scholars, create a prestigious Vice Chancellor's Award and an accommodation bursary for regional physics students, along with a generous gift in support of world-class cancer research at ANU.
Professor Love's remarkable contributions to research, teaching, industry and philanthropy will have a lasting impact on regional, national and global communities and continue to grow. All donations made to the Love Endowment will support the projects established by Professor Love.
I was motivated to establish the Love Scholarships because I wanted to ensure talented students wishing to come to ANU had every opportunity to do so. I've found myself helping people throughout my life - this is my way to help these students.
Emeritus Professor in Guided Wave Photonics