ANU researchers recognised for contribution to science

A number of ANU researchers have been recognised for their outstanding work by the Australian Academy of Science (AAS).

Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC FAA has been awarded one of the Academy’s top honours, the Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal.

His pioneering work has included developing semi-conductors used in LED lights and designing some of the world’s smallest lasers.

Professor Jagadish has also trained a large number of PhD students and early-career researchers who’ve gone on to hold leading positions in industry and academia.

“I am humbled and grateful to receive the Thomas Ranken Lyle medal,” Professor Jagadish said.

“This is recognition for my group members and collaborators, past and present. I am delighted the light technologies which we have been developing have been acknowledged by the Academy and the physics community.

“It’s a good example of how investing in basic science leads to technologies which benefit humanity.”

Two other ANU academics were also recognised with career honorifics for lifelong achievement.

Professor Peter Gill FAA was awarded the 2019 David Craig Medal for his work in quantum chemistry, while Professor Alan Welsh FAA was named the 2019 Hannan medallist.

In the early-career category, Professor Changbin Yu was awarded the 2019 John Booker Medal for his research in the applied mathematics field.

The awards were established to acknowledge outstanding contributions to the advancement of science.

The majority will be presented at the Academy’s annual celebration of science, Science at the Shine Dome, on 30 May.

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