ANU Professor wins PM Science Prize

17 October 2018

The Australian National University's (ANU) Emeritus Professor Kurt Lambeck has had his lifetime of scientific achievement recognised with the Prime Minister's Prize for Science.

For more than four decades Professor Lambeck has researched the Earth and its remarkable changes over time, with his discoveries leading to accurate planning for space missions, new methods of mineral exploration and an understanding of the impact of sea level changes on human civilization.

"Professor Lambeck has been a pioneer of geophysics, revealing the complexity of Earth's gravitational field and measuring and reporting on the sea level rises that have occurred over the past millions of years. His studies continue to inform policy and lifestyle choices today," ANU Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Calford said.

"ANU is exceptionally proud to have Kurt among our academic cohort where he continues to be a mentor and inspiration to many young, up-and-coming researchers looking to make an equally significant contribution," Professor Calford said.

Professor Lambeck has been with ANU since 1977, has been Director of the Research School of Earth Sciences and President of the Australian Academy of Science. He has published two books and more than 250 papers on geophysics, geology, space science and glaciology.

Professor Lambeck was presented with his award by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Parliament House on Wednesday 17 October, 2018.