According to Dr Ken McCracken, much of the technology we have in our homes and offices has been driven by developments in space science. He believes Australia can and should be competing with the big “space players” overseas by using our ingenuity and innovation in specialised areas.
Billions of dollars are spent each year around the world, monitoring and attempting to control one of the most complex problems of our industrial world – photochemical smog.
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.
Brian Bolto and team members, NJ Anderson, 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.
Jim Peacock (CSIRO Plant Industry). For outstanding research leadership of the Division.
In the world of high fashion, wool is uniquely prized for its versatility. It’s a fabric for all seasons and all occasions. But without constant research and innovation, wool’s pre-eminence in the fiercely competitive textile market would soon be eclipsed.
Many people believe bushfires create such an enormous amount of heat that, when surrounded by a bushfire, their houses may just explode in flames.
Kenneth McCracken (CSIRO Office of Space Science and Applications). For leadership in space activities in Australia and for achievement in geophysics research.