Emeritus Professor John Love arrived at the Institute of Advanced Studies at ANU in 1973 to research fibre optics, and retired 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 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. He passed away in 2016.
Professor Love spent his life helping people from all walks of life and his giving will continue, through his bequest to ANU, to assist students, researchers and particularly the recipients of the Love Scholarship.
His bequest will continue his legacy and ensure that his generosity will extend beyond his life's journey.
The Love 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.
"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." John Love, Emeritus Professor in Guided Wave Photonics.