National Academies Awards

By Colin WardApril 2nd, 2013


Australian Academy of Science (AAS)


Haddon Forrester King Medal

The Haddon Forrester King Medal, sponsored by Rio Tinto recognises the contributions of the late Haddon King to the application of the geological and related sciences to the search for mineral deposits in Australia. The award is work of particular relevance to the discovery, evaluation and exploitation of mineral deposits, including the hydrocarbons. First presented in 1993 the award is normally made every two years.

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Hannan Medal in Mathematical Sciences

The Hannan Medal in Mathematical Sciences recognises the achievements in time series analysis of the late Professor E.J. Hannan, FAA. Because of Professor Hannan’s broad interests in the mathematical sciences the award is made in one of three areas in turn at two-yearly intervals – pure mathematics; applied and computational mathematics and statistical science. First presented in 1994 the award is normally made every two years.

CSIRO winners include:

2017  Frank De Hoog
2001 Adrian Baddeley

Ian Wark Medal and Lecture

The Ian Wark Medal and Lecture recognises the contributions to Australian science and industry by the late Sir Ian Wark, CMG, CBE, FAA, FTSE. The award recognises contributions to the prosperity of Australia where such prosperity is attained through the advancement of scientific knowledge or its application, or both. First presented in 1987 the award is normally made every two years.

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Jaeger Medal

The Jaeger Medal recognises the contribution of Professor John Conrad Jaeger, FAA, FRS, to Australian Earth science. The award is made to a scientist for investigations of a high order into the solid Earth or its oceans carried out in Australia or having some connection with Australian Earth science. First presented in 1990 the award is made every two years.

CSIRO winner is:

Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture

The Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture recognises scientific research of the highest standing in the biological science. It commemorates the contributions to science by Sir Macfarlane Burnet, OM, KBE, MD, FAA, FRS, Nobel Laureate. First presented in 1971 the award is made every two years.

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Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture

The Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture recognises scientific research of the highest standing in the physical sciences, and honours the contributions of Australia’s early scientific researchers. First presented in 1957 the award is made every two years and is restricted to Academy Fellows.

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Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal

The Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal recognises the contribution of Sir Thomas Ranken Lyle, FRS, to Australian science and industry generally and in particular to his own fields of physics and mathematics. The purpose of the medal is to recognise outstanding achievement by a scientist in Australia for research in mathematics or physics. First presented in 1935 the award is normally made every two years.

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Australian Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

Clunies Ross Award

Since its establishment in 1991 by the Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Foundation, the ATSE Clunies Ross Award has become one of the pre-eminent awards for scientists, technologists and innovators across Australia. The Award was designed to honour those people who have, often against difficulties and always with persistent commitment, made important contributions to science and its application for the economic, social or environmental benefit of Australia.

When the Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Foundation was brought under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in November 2002, the Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award became known as the ATSE Clunies Ross Award. Its aims remain unchanged and the ATSE Clunies Ross Award has become the public face of ATSE’s mission of fostering and recognising excellence in technological sciences and engineering. From 4 to 6 awards are made each year.

CSIRO winners include:

2014 Graeme Moad, Ezio Rizzardo and San Thang for their work on developing better ways to make polymers and plastics to benefit future generations of consumers around the world. See RAFT polymerisation
2013 Anthony Radford, James Rothel and Paul Wood for the development and commercialization of interferon gamma cellular diagnostic technology for TB. See Tuberculosis diagnosis in animals and humans
2010 John O’Sullivan, CSIRO; Graham Daniels, CSIRO; Terence Percival, NICTA; Diethelm Ostry, CSIRO and John Deane (formerly CSIRO) invented, patented and demonstrated the wireless local area network (WLAN) technology that underpins the wireless communication system installed in almost every laptop and wireless device and made available in buildings around the world – Citation The Team Behind the ‘WLAN’ Technology That Changed the World
2007 Paul Gottlieb, Chief Technical Officer, Intellection Pty Ltd, Queensland. While an experimental scientist at CSIRO Port Melbourne in the early 1980s, Paul Gottlieb helped create a prototype analysis system for measuring mineral composition in plant and ore samples. Employing a comprehensive understanding of physics, mineralogy and statistics, the QEM*SEM (Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals by Scanning Electron Microscopy) allowed technicians to rapidly identify and measure the distribution of minerals within samples – Citation Paul Gottlieb
2006 Danny Llewellyn, Gary Fitt and Greg Constable, for the development and delivery of genetically modified insect and herbicide resistant varieties for the Australian cotton industry – Citation: Biotechnology and Entomology
2004 Ian Grey, for his contributions to the mineral sand industry. His work has provided Australia with an unrivalled knowledge of the weathering and processing of mineral sands and has contributed substantially to the profitability of Australia’s $2.3 billion mineral titanium export industry – Citation: Wealth (and white paint) from sand
2004 Robert Evans for his work on the invention and commercialisation of Silviscan, a system that can identify which plantation trees will make the best timber, furniture or paper – Citation: Wood prediction
2004 John Ballard for his work on growth factors and their commercialisation through the formation of three biotechnology companies: GroPep, TGR Biosciences and Primegro – Citation: Biotech growth factors
2000 Plackottu (Bill) Mathew for his contributions to the minerals industry through his recognition and development of instruments to use natural radiation to measure the composition of coal and ores on conveyor belts – Citation: Dr Plackottu (Bill) Mathew
1999 Frank Jorgensen for his research into new smelting technologies: flash smelting and SIROSMELT – Citation: Dr Frank Jorgensen
1998 Ralph Holmes for single handedly establishing Australia as the world leader in the development of ISO standards for mineral sampling – Citation: We were giving away our minerals
1995 Robin Bedding for his pioneering work on the use of insect parasitic nematodes to replace insecticide use in controlling a wide range of insect pests throughout the world – Citation: Nematology
1995 John Floyd for his invention of the slag coated, combustion air cooled lance which permitted high mass and energy transfer rates and was shown to have environmental and cost benefits to the base metals industry internationally – Citation: Metallurgy
1995 Bruce Thomas for his contributions to the development of high-performance feed-horns, a world first concept which has been adapted for radio-telescopes and for use in earth-station antennas for satellite communications – Citation: Antenna design and construction
1994 John Brockwell for his development of innovative techniques for rhizobial inoculation of pasture legumes and grain legume crops making an outstanding contribution to the improvement of farming practices in Australia and internationally – Citation: Agricultural Research
1994 Dave Solomon for his outstanding contribution to the economic and social benefit of Australia in the development of the world’s first forgery-proof plastic bank note – Citation: Polymer chemistry
1993 Tony Priestley for his work on the development and commercialisation of a range of innovative water and waste water treatment processes which can also be used for product recovery in mineral processing and biotechnology. These include the SIROFLOC processes and a method for removing heavy metals from raw sewage – Citation: Waste Treatment
1993 Geoff Grigg for his contributions to identifying opportunities emanating from research in biotechnology (peptide technology and monoclonal antibody production) and developing and translating these into commercial reality. He was personally responsible for the establishment of two of Australia’s biotechnology companies: Peptide Technology Limited (PepTech) and Bioclone Australia Pty Ltd – Citation: Biotechnology