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CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement / Science Excellence

Each year, the Research Achievement Medals are presented to recognise exceptional research of CSIRO scientists or teams that, through clear evidence, has made significant scientific or technological advances of national, international and/or commercial importance; made a substantial contribution to Australia's industrial development; furthered the interests of the Australian community; and/or advanced national objectives.

First awarded in 1985, the award was renamed the CSIRO Medal for Science Excellence in 2013.

Winners are:

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  • Drs Kamal Puri and Tony Hirst (Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research) and the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS) Climate and Weather Prediction Team. For their outstanding and sustained teamwork in building a next generation, world-class weather and climate simulation capability that equips Australia to manage climate and weather risks. Team members: Dr Kamal Puri, Dr Tony Hirst, Dr Gary Dietachmayer, Martin Dix, Dr Peter Steinle, Dr Daohua Bi, Ewa Kowalczyk, Dr Simon Marsland, Dr Harun A Rashid, Dr Chris Tingwell, Dr Michael Naughton, Dr Lawrence Rikus, Dr Zhian Sun, Dr Petteri Uotila, Dr Yi Xiao Cheers, Dr Ilia Bermous, Robin Bowen, Mark Collier, Dr Charmaine Franklin, Russ Fiedler, Jin Lee, Tan Le, Dr Yimin Ma, Dr Julie Noonan, Dr Siobhan O’Farrell, Dr Greg Roff, Dr David Smith, Lauren Stevens, Asri Sulaiman, Arnold Sullivan, Dr Xudong Sun, Peter Uhe, Dr Peter Vohralik, Hailin Yan, Dr Xiaobing Zhou, Dr Ng Say Teong, Dr Ian Watterson, Dr Holger Wolff, Dr Hongyan Zhu, Dr Mohar Chattopadhyay, Dr Katja Dommenget, Maciej Golebiewski, Nicholas Hannah, Timothy Hume, Dr Brett Harris, Dr Vaughan Barras, Dr Jhan Srbinovsky.


  • Cristopher Ryan, Robin Kirkham and the Maia X-ray Microprobe Detector and Imaging System Team (Materials Science and Engineering). For the development of the Maia X-ray detector and imaging system, a step change technology transforming synchrotron trace element imaging across numerous fields, particularly the geological, medical, environmental and biological sciences. Team members: Dr Christopher Gregory Ryan (Earth Science & Resource Engineering), Robin Kirkham, Dr D Peter Siddons, Dr Paul Dunn, Murray Jensen, Dr Gareth Moorhead, Peter Davey, Arthur Zhi Yong Li, Anthony Kuczewski, Dr Gianluigi De Geronimo, Don Pinelli, Dr Angelo Dragone, Dr Paul O’Connor, Roshan Dodanwela (CCEF), Dr David Paterson, Dr Martin de Jonge, Dr Daryl Howard, Dr Simon James.
  • Christopher Elvin, Tony Vuocolo, Jerome Werkmeister John Ramshaw and the PhotoSeal™Surgical Tissue Sealant Team (Animal, Food and Health Sciences; Materials Science & Engineering). For research and development of a new technological platform and a series of new biomedical materials, including the advanced surgical tissue sealant PhotoSealTM, that will help provide solutions to currently unmet needs in surgery and regenerative medicine. Team members: Dr Christopher Elvin, Tony Vuocolo, Dr Jerome Werkmeister, Dr John Ramshaw, Dr Alan Brownlee, Dr Lillian Sando, Dr Stephen Danon, Dr Nancy E Liyou, Dr Mickey G Huson, Peter Stockwell, Dr Misook Kim, Dr Tim Hughes, Dr Meg Evans, Dr Michelle Colgrave, Dr Russell Lyons, Veronica Glattauer, Aditya Vashi, Jacinta White, Dr Roger Haddad, Graham Johnson, Mark Hickey, Tracy Tebb, Prof Glenn Edwards, Dr Charles Lindall, Gail McFarland, Russell McCulloch.


  • Jose Varghese and the Amyloid Structure Team (CSIRO Material Science and Engineering). For determining one of the first known structures of amyloid beta – a toxic protein present in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers. The structure has been sought for 25 years, but had proved incredibly difficult because of the protein’s propensity to self-assemble and clump together. Team Members: Dr Jose Varghese, Dr Victor Streltsov, Dr Stewart Nuttall (all CSIRO), Prof Colin Masters (Mental Health Research Institute, University of Melbourne).
  • Stuart Bateman and the Topcoat Reactivation Team. For strengthening the CSIRO-BOEING Strategic Alliance and our credentials as a world leading research organisation through the discovery and delivery of an innovative, commercially viable technology for aircraft coatings, useable on a global scale. Team members: Dr Stuart Bateman, Ms Ranya Simons, Ms Emma Simmonds, Mr Patrick McMahon, Dr Sheng Li, Mr Jim Lilley, Mr Michael Edwards, Mr Ian Macintyre, Mr Mel Dell’Olio, Dr Qiang Yuan, Mr Januar Gotama, Dr Alex Bilyk, Dr Hishani Prabaharan, Mr Andrew Dingjan, Dr Doug Berry, Dr Dong Yang Wu, Mr Jason Bolles, Mr Weston Anderson, Ms Seana Kobak, Mr Jim Kirchner, Mr Mike Andrews, Mr Scott Davis, Ms Lori Straus, Dr Jill Seebergh, Mr Mark Johnson, Mr Grant Ripley, Mr Bud Jewett, Ms Ruby Dytioco, Mr Bruce Davis, Mr Glenn Dalby, Mr Kim Puglisi, Mr Dan Smith.


  • Matthew Morell, David Topping and colleagues (CSIRO Plant Industry, Food and Nutritional Sciences). For an interdisciplinary research effort across plant genetics and human nutrition to develop and commercialise BARLEYmax™, a novel grain developed with substantiated health benefits and high consumer acceptance. Team Members: Dr Matthew Morell, Dr David Topping, Dr Zhongyi Li, Dr Tony Bird, Mr Mark Cmiel, Mr Russel Heywood, Mr Roger King, Dr Peter Chandler, Dr Steven Jobling, Dr Ian Batey, Dr Manny Noakes, Dr Behjat Kosar-Hashemi, Dr Sadiq Rahman, Ms Michelle Vuaran, Ms Sylvia Usher, Ms Hong Wang.
  • Surinder Singh and colleagues (CSIRO Food Futures Flagship). For research leading to the development of an alternative and sustainable source of essential long-chain omega-3 EPA and DHA oils in canola (see DHA canola). These omega-3 oils are important in a range of human health conditions including cardiovascular disease, inflammatory disease and brain function. Team Members: Dr Surinder Singh, Dr James Petrie, Dr Peter Nichols, Dr Stan Robert, Dr Xue-Rong Zhou, Dr Matthew Morell, Dr Allan Green, Dr Qing Liu, Dr Pushkar Shrestha, Dr Sue Blackburn, Dr Peter Mansour, Dr Craig Wood, Dr Matthew Miller, Mr Dion Frampton, Dr Chakra Wijesundera, Dr Soressa Kitessa, Ms Anne Mackenzie, Mr Adam White, Mr Lijun Tian, Dr Mahinda Abeywardena, Dr Rob Defeyter, Mr Lindsay Adler.


  • Catherine Dichmont and the northern fishery bio-economic team (CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research). For the development of a combined biological and economic model to guide the management of Australia's Northern Prawn Fishery in a way that ensures industry profitability and a vigorous fishery resource. The approach has won international acclaim as a global paragon of fishery management. Team Members: Dr Catherine Dichmont, Roy Deng, Dr André Punt, Dr Bill Venables, Dr Nick Ellis, Dr Shijie Zhou, Janet Bishop, Prof Tom Kompas, Dr Sean Pascoe, Dr Nhu Che, Dr Yimin Ye, Dr Peter Gooday.
  • Tim Hughes and the ophthalmic biomaterials team (CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies). For the development of two novel polymer technologies that have the potential to revolutionise vision correction using implantable devices. The first one, a porous perfluoropolyether, has been developed for an implantable contact lens offering a permanent solution for the correction of refractive errors. The second one, an in situ curable soft polysiloxane gel, has been engineered to replace the aged crystalline lens to restore the eye's ability to near focus for the treatment of presbyopia and cataracts. Both technologies target the growing demand for implantable ophthalmic devices and are currently being commercialised through Adventus Technologies Inc. Team Members: Dr Timothy Hughes, Dr Margaret Evans, Dr Keith McLean, Graham Johnson, Dr Xiaojuan Hao, Dr Jack Steele, Dr Gordon Meijs, Dr Jason Watling, Dr Grace Chan, Prof Hans Griesser, Dr Hassan Chaouk, Dr Anthony Clayton, Dr Bronwyn Laycock, Dr Helmut Thissen, Tam Le, Gail McFarland, Justine Jeffery, Xuan Nguyen, Warren Knower, John Wilkie, Barbara Bojarski, Danelle Beattie, Jim Bates, Malsha Wickramaratna, Asitha Balachandra, Eliana Pereeia, Dr Gerrit Beumer, Dr Helen Fitton, Michelle Jenkins, Tracey Woolford, Janease Graham, Lisa Hong, Dr Ann Dalton, Dr Thomas Gengenbach, Dr Roger Mulder, John Ward, Mark Greaves, Dr Mei Gao, Dr Richard Jarrett, Sarah Taylor, Penny Bean, Denise Lewy, Dr Lavinia Taliana, Vision CRC, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.


  • Greg Duffy and the Hydrodec Process Team (CSIRO Energy Technology). For the development of the Hydrodec process that simultaneously regenerates the electrical properties of degraded transformer oils and destroys any organochlorine contaminants. See also Hydrodec - good oil on electricity. Team Leader: Dr Greg Duffy. Team Members: Dr Chris Fookes, Dr Narendra Dave, Dr Sunil Sharma, Cherie Walters, Harro Drexler, Ken Wong, Ian Campbell, Stuart Day, Karen Hanselmann, Steve Weir, Cihan Dokumcu, Martin Chensee, Joe Wong, Ken Davis, Barry Jones, Roger Bolling, Dr Cameron Briggs, Leonore Ryan and Dr Alf Ekstrom.
  • Hal Gordon and colleagues (CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research). For developing one of the world's top coupled ocean-atmosphere climate models and for making significant national and international contributions to the science of climate change and to national and international assessments. Team Leader: Hal Gordon. Team Members: Tony Hirst, John McGregor, Leon Rotstayn, Martin Dix, Eva Kowalczyk, Siobhan O'Farrell, Richard Matear, Steve Wilson, Mark Collier, Ian Watterson, Steve Phipps and Tracey Elliott.
  • Lan Lam and colleagues (CSIRO Energy Technology, Energy Transformed Flagship). For innovative research resulting in the invention and development of the UltraBattery™ - an advanced hybrid energy storage device for automotive and renewable storage applications. See also UltraBattery™. Team Leader: Lan T. Lam. Team Members: Nigel P. Haigh, Rosalie Louey, Christopher G. Phyland, David G. Vella, Lan H. Vu, Owen V. Lim, Hilkat Ozgun and David Rand.


  • Denis Anderson and the CSIRO Bee Team (CSIRO Entomology). For raising awareness of the biosecurity threats to Australia's pollination services and to the viability of key agricultural industries. See also Pollination biosecurity. Team Leader: Dr Denis Anderson. Team Members: Dr Paul De Barro (Team Leader), Dr David Cook, Dr Saul Cunningham, Dr Matt Colloff, Dr Frances Fitz Gibbon, Fiona Spier, Kerrie Medveczky, Dr Matt Thomas and Dr Ros Blanche.
  • Shahbaz Khan and the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship - Irrigation Team (Water for a Healthy Country Flagship). For research that has significantly advanced the sustainable management of Australia's water resources, specifically within the irrigation sector. Team Leader: Professor Shahbaz Khan. Team Members: Dr Akhtar Abbas, Tariq Rana, Dr Mohsin Hafeez, Dr Chris Smith, Dr Zahra Paydar, Dr Sarah Ryan, Ms Jiaxin Mu, Dr Shahbaz Mushtaq, Professor John Blackwell, Ismail Hirsi, Emmanuel Xevi, Saud Akbar, Murray Smith, Cui Yuanli, Brett Tucker, Siegfried Demuth and Demelza Brand.
  • Keith Leslie and The LANDTEM Team (CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering). For a significant world's first scientific and technical outcome in the development of the LANDTEM system for minerals exploration based on High Temperature Superconducting devices known as SQUIDs. Team Leader: Keith Leslie. Team Members: Cathy Foley, Rex Binks, Graeme Sloggett, Christopher Lewis, Simon Lam, Jia Du, Marcel Bick, Peter Sullivan, Robert Thorn, Mark Roberts, David Tilbrook, Emma Mitchell, Karl Muller, John Macfarlane, Wayne Murray and Christopher Williams.


  • Ken Atkinson and colleagues (CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology). For inventing a new method for producing multifunctional carbon nanotube yarns and transparent sheets that have a unique range of physical properties such as high strength and electrical conductivity with wide application in smart materials for high value products. See also Carbon nanotube yarns and sheets. Team Leader: Mr Ken Atkinson. Seminal Contributors: Professor Ray Baughman, Dr Stephens Hawkins, Dr Mei Zhang. Significant Contributors: Dr Jane Dai, Ms Chi Huynh, Ms Jacinta Meyers, Mr Chris Skourtis.
  • Graeme Batley (Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research, CSIRO Land and Water). For research advancing the assessment and regulation of contaminants in aquatic sediments, involving revised assessment protocols, new toxicity tests, and improved frameworks, underpinning revised sediment quality guidelines and defensible management actions that are appropriately protective of Australia's benthic and aquatic ecosystems. See also Sediment quality assessment frameworks for water ecosystems. Team Leader: Dr Graeme Batley. Seminal Contributors: Dr Stuart Simpson and Dr Jenny Stauber. Significant Contributors: Ms Merrin Adams, Mr Brad Angel, Dr Anthony Chariton, Dr Catherine King, Ms Tina Micevska, Mr David Spadaro and Mr David Strom.
  • John Church (CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research). For his world-recognised research leading to significant improvement in understanding the rate of sea level rise, both its global average and the regional distribution, which has led him to become the Chair of the Joint Scientific Committee of the Geneva-based World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).
  • Brian Sowerby, James Tickner (CSIRO Minerals). For developing a world-first air cargo scanner for interrogating consolidated air cargo for contraband such as drugs and explosives. See also Air Cargo Scanner and Coalscan - on-line analysis instruments for the coal industry. Seminal Contributors: Dr Brian Sowerby, Dr James Tickner. Significant Contributors: Ms Carmen Calle, Dr Nick Cutmore, Mr John Eberhardt, Mr Ivan Kekic, Dr Yi Liu, Mr Alistair McEwan, Mr Dragoslav Milinkovic, Mr Stephen Rainey, Mr Greg Roach, Mr Vic Sharp, Mr Rod Stevens, Mr Adam Williams. Other Contributors: Mr Alvaro Catanzano, Mr David Death, Mr John Peacocke, Mr Kern Wyman.


  • Peter Eadington and the Fluid History Analysis Team (CSIRO Petroleum Resources). For development of an innovative suite of techniques that reveal the step-wise fill history of petroleum reservoirs in previously unseen detail, which have positioned CSIRO as the World-leader in the application of fluid inclusion-based methods for reducing risk when oil companies drill exploration wells. Team Leader: Dr Peter Eadington. Seminal Contributors: Dr Simon George, Dr Keyo Liu and Mr Mark Lisk. Significant Contributors: Mr Mark Brincat, Dr Richard Kempton and Dr Herbert Volk. Other Contributors: Mr Manzur Ahmed, Ms Patricia Cope, Dr Adrian Dutkiewicz, Mr Stephen Fenton, Mrs Susannah Gallagher, Mr Luke Johnson, Dr Frank Krieger, Dr Joseph Kurusingal, Ms Heather Middleton, Mr Robinson Quezada, Mr Andrew Ross and Dr Tim Ruble.
  • Pathiraja (Thilak) Gunatillake and colleagues (CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies). For the development of the novel family of biodegradable polymers for advanced biomedical and tissue engineering applications. See also NovoSorb™ biodegradable polymer. Team Leader: Dr Thilak Gunatillake. Seminal Contributors: Dr Raju Adhikari, Dr Ian Griffiths (PolyNovo Biomaterials), Dr Roshan Mayadunne, Dr Clive McFarland (UNSW), Dr John Ramshaw and Dr Jerome Werkmeister. Significant Contributors: Ms Penny Bean, Dr Stephen Danon, Ms Veronica Glattauer, Ms Tam Le, Mr Tim Moore (PolyNovo Biomaterials), Mr Heng Taing, Ms Tracy Tebb and Ms Jacinta White. Other Contributors: Mr Rick Aarons (CSIRO BD&C Legal), Ms Jan Bingley (CSIRO BD&C Legal), Megan Fisher (Molecular Science), Dr Kathy Kociuba (CSIRO BD&C Legal), Mr Jonathan King (CSIRO BD&C Legal), Mr David Lau (CSIRO BD&C Legal), Mr Nigel Poole (BD&C), Dr Greg Simpson (CMHT), Dr Heather St John (Aortech Biomaterials).
  • Manny Noakes, Peter Clifton and colleagues (CSIRO Health Sciences and Nutrition). For the body of scientific research that led to the development of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. See also Total Wellbeing Diet. Team Leaders: Dr Manny Noakes and Dr Peter Clifton. Significant Contributors: Ms Jane Bowen, Dr Grant Brinkworth, Dr Michael Fenech, Mr Paul Foster, Ms Jennifer Keogh, Dr David Topping and Meat & Livestock Australia. Other Contributors: Dr Kathryn Baghurst, Ms Kathryn Bastiaans, Ms Cherie Keatch, Mr Mark Mano, Ms Rosemary McArthur, Ms Anne McGuffin, Ms Lisa Moran, Ms Candita Sullivan and Ms Julia Weaver.


  • Jeff Ellis and the Rust Disease Resistance Team (CSIRO Plant Industry). For the elucidation of the molecular basis of rust resistance through cloning plant resistance genes and rust avirulence genes. See also Rust resistance in plants.
  • Lincoln Patterson and the Reservoir Characterisation Team (CSIRO Petroleum). For developing and applying new methods to assess reservoirs in deep sedimentary formations. Team Leader: Dr Lincoln Paterson. Team Members: Dr James Gunning, Dr Jonathan Ennis-King and Dr Michael E. Glinsky, BHP Billiton Petroleum.
  • Tony Vassallo, Calum Drummond and High Power Supercapacitor Team (CSIRO Energy Technology and CSIRO Molecular Science). For the development and assistance in the commercialisation of advanced high power small form factor supercapacitors for wireless communication products. See also Supercapacitors. Team Leaders: Dr Tony Vassallo and Dr Calum Drummond. Other Seminal Contributors: Dr Tony Pandolfo and Mr Claude Sacchetta. Significant Contributors: Dr Richard Jarrett, CMIS, Dr Doug Shaw (CMIS) and Dr Trevor Smith (now CAP-XX). Contributors: Dr Rob Eldridge (now CAP-XX), Andrew Palmisano, Oleg Skrybin, Dr Thomas Gengenbach, Dr Don Chase, Dr Brian Ricketts, Dr Tony Hollenkamp, Norman Becker, Ngoc Le, Dr Patrick Hartley, Dr Celesta Fong, Oddvar Johanssen, Maree O'Sullivan (CMIS), Ross Sparks (CMIS), Phil Casey (CMIT) and Daniel Bell, Steve Weir, Rob Helstroom and Harro Drexler. Minor Contributors: Mark Greaves, Elizabeth Gawronski, Dr Sunil Sharma, Jeanette Lucas, Richard Harris, Hans Jaeger, Dr Anita Hill, Dr Tim Bastow and Michael Kelly.


  • Bill Barendse and the Molecular Genetics Group (CSIRO Livestock Industries). For significant contributions to the discovery and industrial application of molecular genetic tests in cattle.
  • Phil Cheney and the Bushfire Behaviour and Management Team (CSIRO Forest Biosciences). For the Project Vesta: the application of fire science for safer bushfire fighting and safer communities.
  • Ezio Rizzardo and the Engineered Polymers Team (CSIRO Molecular Science). For the invention and development of a new polymerisation method with potential to revolutionise much of the high-tech polymer industry. See also RAFT polymerisation.


  • John Archer and the Ultrafast Integrated Circuits Team (CSIRO ICT Centre). For the development of advanced millimeter-wave Indium Phosphide Integrated Circuits and their application to radio astronomy, telecommunications and passive imaging. See also Radio astronomy amplifiers using millimetre wavelength imaging.
  • John Lowenthal, Mike Johnson and colleagues (CSIRO Livestock Industries). For the development and commercialisation of a new health product for livestock aimed at reducing the need for antibiotics and chemicals. See also Chicken interferon gamma.
  • Terry Turney and the Nanocomposites Team (CSIRO Materials Science). For leading Australian manufacturing industry into the nanotechnology age.


  • Paul Fung and the Bioenergy and Carbon Products Team (CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products). For increasing commercial opportunities for environmental tree plantings to assist rural Australia and reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions.
  • Robert Jeffrey and the Hydraulic Fracturing in Mining Team (CSIRO Minerals). For enabling the safe control of caving for coal mine roof-rock and cost effective inducement of caving for block caving metal mines through development of hydraulic fracturing in mining. See also Hydraulic fracturing in mining.
  • Richard Richards, Anthony Condon, Greg Redetske and the DELTA Water Use Efficiency Team (CSIRO Plant Industry). For developing and implementing a new plant breeding methodology resulting in improved crop performance in dry environments.


  • Lee Berger (CSIRO Animal Health). For solving one of the world's most urgent and puzzling environmental problems - the reason for the sudden disappearance of rainforest frogs in protected habitats in Australia and Central America. See also Rainforest frogs study - discovery of chytridiomycosis.
  • The Magmetal Project Team. For the development and commercialisation of the Australian Magnesium Process.
  • John O'Sullivan and the High Performance Wireless LAN Team (CSIRO Radiophysics, ICT Centre). For the construction of the world's first high performance Local Area Network (LAN). See also Wireless LANs.


  • John Farrow and the Thickener Technology Team (CSIRO Minerals). For development of new thickener technology for mineral processing. See also Thickener technology for mineral processing.
  • Ian McIntre, Mark Berman, Robert Oreb and colleagues (CSIRO Manufactoring Science and Technology, CSIRO Telecommunications and Industrial Physics, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences). For the development of the RoadCrack system using innovative vision technology. See also RoadCrack system.
  • Mat Ballard and colleagues (CSIRO Land and Water). For the MIEX® project for purifying water.


  • Robert Leicester (CSIRO Building, Construction and Engineering). For scientific contributions to knowledge of timber structural properties. See also Engineered performance of timber.
  • Lister Staveley-Smith, Trevor Bird, Malcolm Sinclair, Warwick Wilson (Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO Telecommunications and Industrial Physics). For the Parkes 21-cm Multibeam System.
  • Stephen Wilkins, Dachao Gao, Tim Gureyev, Andrew Pogany, Andrew Stevenson, Tim Davis (CSIRO Manufacturing, Science and Technology, CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products). For developments in hard X-ray phase contrast imaging.




  • Barry Harrowfield, Gary Robinson and Ken Atkinson (CSIRO Wool Technology). For their work in inventing, developing and commercialising the 'Very High Speed Carding' process.
  • Nicholas Stokes, Chin-Hsien Li, Xiao-Lin Luo John Mooney, Zili Zhu, Noel Barton (CSIRO Mathematics and Statistics). For their outstanding research achievement in the development of software called Fastflo.
  • Geoffrey Syme (CSIRO Water Resources). For his contributions to the design of methodologies to measure community risk/benefit trade-offs; defining perceived 'fairness' in ware allocation; and advancing economic psychological theory. See also Water allocation practices.

Special medal 1995

  • Elwood Zimmerman (CSIRO Entomology). For his outstanding contributions to systematic entomology, particularly the study of Australian and Pacific weevils.


  • Wayne Meyer (CSIRO Water Resources). For his research in irrigation water management. See also Effluent-irrigated plantations.
  • Stephen Midgley (Australian Tree Seed Centre, CSIRO Forestry). For his outstanding work on the exploration of forest genetic resources.
  • Ron Sharpe (CSIRO Building, Construction and Engineering). For developing and commercialising BCaider an expert system for the Building Code of Australia. See also BCAider.



  • J. Ables, C. Jacka, John O'Sullivan, Geoff Poulton, J.D. Bunton and the Fast Fourier Transform Technology Team (CSIRO Radiophysics). For developing and applying the Fast Fourier Transform technology.
  • Brett Bateup, Jock Christoe, C.A. Anderson, J. Warner, A. Pearson (CSIRO Wool Technology). For developing the Siroscour wool-scouring technology package.
  • Peter Manins and the Air Pollution Meteorology Team (CSIRO Atmospheric Research). For air quality research and consulting to industry and the community.


  • Robin Hill (CSIRO Exploration Geoscience). For nickel exploration research. See also Nickel deposits.
  • John Possingham and the Viticulture Group (CSIRO Horticulture). For developing new technologies for the mechanisation of Australian viticulture.
  • Bill Trahar (CSIRO Mineral and Process Engineering). For developments in the flotation method of mineral separation.


Special medal 1990

  • Chris Fandry (CSIRO Oceanography), Bob Johannes (CSIRO Fisheries) and Peter Nelson (CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products). For their key scientific contributions to the national debate on pulp mills.


  • NJ Anderson, BA Bolto, DR Dixon, LO Kolarik, AJ Priestley, WGC Raper and DE Weiss (CSIRO Chemicals and Polymers). For development of the SIROFLOC process for preparation of potable water.
  • Murray Andrews, Dave Charlton, H.G. David, SAS Douglas (AWTA), JFP James, BH Mackay, RA Rottenbury, Bob Whan and Ken Whiteley (CSIRO Wool Technology). For the introduction of objective measurement into the marketing of Australian raw wool. See also Objective measurement of wool.
  • Jim Peacock (CSIRO Plant Industry). For outstanding research leadership of the Division.


  • John Brooks (CSIRO Radiophysics). For leadership of the Australia Telescope team.
  • Kenneth McCracken (CSIRO Office of Space Science and Applications). For leadership in space activities in Australia and for achievement in geophysics research.
  • Graeme Pearman (CSIRO Atmospheric Research). For his work in global atmospheric chemistry and the Greenhouse Effect.


  • John Coleman (CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products). For his invention of SCRIMBER, a reconstituted wood product designed to overcome both the shortage of quality timber for structural purposes and the high cost inherent in producing manufactured structural beams.
  • Dave Solomon and colleagues (CSIRO Chemicals and Polymers) and Don Addison (Reserve Bank of Australia). For their joint invention of high security polymer banknotes. See also Polymer banknotes.
  • Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe (CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology). For his world famous studies on the reproductive physiology of marsupiuals, which have led to greater understanding of the relationships between the hypothalamus, pituitary, ovary and mammary glands, as well as development of the pouch young.


  • Myles Harding (CSIRO Manufacturing Technology). For conceiving and developing two projects in robot vision and computer simulation that have emerged as world leaders in their fields.
  • David Jupp (CSIRO Water and Land Resources). For his work in developing remote sensing research in the Division and the BRIAN (Barrier Reef Image ANalysis) system.
  • Dieter Plate (CSIRO Textile Industry). For his work in the development of Sirospun. See also Sirospun.


  • Peter Colman (CSIRO Protein Chemistry). For the determination of the three dimensional structure of influenza virus neuraminidase, and its recognition as a potential drug target by rational drug design. See also Relenza®.
  • Raymond Jones (CSIRO Tropical Crops and Pastures). For his work in solving the toxity problem in cattle grazing on the tropical legume Leucaena by modifying the rumen microbial population. See also Leucaena toxicity solution.
  • Graeme Ogilvie (CSIRO Manufacturing Technology). For the development of a unique system for controlling the transfer of weld metal droplets in electric arc welding. See also Synchro-Pulse Controlled Drop Transfer welding system.
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