ANU alumni elected as Academy of Science Fellows

26 March 2014

Four members of the ANU alumni community have been honoured by the Australian Academy of Science by electing them as Fellows in recognition of their contribution to scientific research.

Australian Academy of Science Fellowships recognise the nation’s most distinguished scientists. Fellows are elected by their peers for outstanding research that has pushed back the frontiers of knowledge.

Professor Peter Gill (PhD 1989) was elected for his fundamental and applied research in quantum chemistry, the discipline in which the laws of quantum mechanics are applied to understand and predict molecular behaviour;

Professor Barbara Howlett (MSc 1973) was elected for her research in fungal plant pathology, which has improved understanding of disease resistance and had a major impact on the Australian canola industry;

Professor Lisa Kewley (PhD 2002) was elected for her fundamental advances in understanding of the history of the universe, particularly star and galaxy formation;

Professor Craig Moritz (PhD 1985) was elected for his work to improve our understanding of evolutionary biology, particularly how new species arise and develop in different contexts.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO, congratulated the new Fellows and said the honour underlined the strength of Australia’s scientific research.

“To be elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science is a well-deserved honour and due recognition of scientific excellence and research,” Professor Young said.

“ANU extends its congratulations to the new Fellows.

”The Academy’s President Suzanne Cory also congratulated the new Fellows.

“All of these scientists are doing amazing and significant work in their chosen fields – they are the Olympic athletes of science.”

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