An Indigenous health champion and a pioneering astrophysicist are among 22 Australians recognised for their outstanding contributions to science by being elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.
Professor Tom Calma AO, Chancellor of the University of Canberra, has been elected for championing the improvement of Indigenous peoples’ health, education and justice for over 45 years. His work continues to have an enduring impact on public discourse in Australia and beyond.
Professor Calma is the first Fellow elected to the Academy who identifies as an Aboriginal person. He is a descendant of the Kungarakan and Iwaidja tribal groups, whose traditional lands are south-west of Darwin and on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory.
Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths has been recognised for advancing our understanding of how our own galaxy and its neighbours evolved, including her creation of a model proving the existence of a new spiral arm of the Milky Way.
She has helped design multiple radio telescope facilities, included CSIRO’s ASKAP and the planned globe-spanning SKA, and her leadership has been instrumental to high-resolution observational surveys of the sky.
Professor McClure-Griffiths’ detailed atlases of atomic hydrogen gas in our galaxy are used by astronomers and astrophysicists around the world.
They are joined by 20 other outstanding researchers from across the breadth of Australian science, including experts on fragile river ecosystems, clean energy technologies and the genomes of Australian native animals.
Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC, who today takes the reins as President of the Australian Academy of Science, congratulated the new Fellows for their contributions to science.
“Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science are among the nation’s most distinguished scientists, elected by their peers for ground-breaking research and contributions that have had clear impact,” Professor Jagadish said.
“The Academy’s actions to improve gender diversity among our Fellowship are succeeding. This year’s Fellows include 50% women and 50% men, the first time in the Academy’s history that gender parity has been achieved in the annual election of new Fellows.
“This has been achieved by adopting a range of measures to improve our nomination process and increase opportunities to recognise all scientists. Our work to improve diversity among our Fellowship continues.
“We reflect a diverse and inclusive science community that recognises the widest range of talents, backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, and we are united by our contribution and commitment to scientific excellence,” Professor Jagadish said.
The Academy’s new Fellows for 2022 are:
- Thomas Calma – Chancellor, University of Canberra
- Naomi McClure-Griffiths – Astronomer, Australian National University
- Ute Roessner – Plant scientist, Australian National University
- Katherine Belov – Biologist, University of Sydney
- Marcela Bilek – Physicist, University of Sydney
- John Cannon – Pure mathematician, University of Sydney
- Catherine Greenhill – Pure mathematician, UNSW Sydney
- Michelle Haber – Childhood cancer scientist, UNSW Sydney
- Emma Johnston – Marine ecologist, UNSW Sydney
- Albert Zomaya – Computer scientist, University of Sydney
- Stuart Bunn – Freshwater ecologist, Griffith University
- Janice Lough – Climate scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science
- Sarah Medland – Statistical geneticist, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
- Huijun Zhao – Chemist, Griffith University
- Matthew Bailes – Astrophysicist, Swinburne University of Technology
- Kate Smith-Miles – Applied mathematician, University of Melbourne
- Peter Høj – Vice-Chancellor, University of Adelaide
- Timothy Hughes – Haematologist, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
- Peter Langridge – Agricultural researcher, University of Adelaide
- Craig Simmons – Groundwater scientist, Flinders University
- Elizabeth Fulton – Ecosystem modeller, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
- Jonathan Carapetis – Paediatric physician, Telethon Kids Institute