Vale Nancy Millis
Academy stalwart Professor Nancy Millis has died, aged 90
Nancy Millis was a real pioneer
The Academy regrets to advise that Academy Stalwart Emeritus Professor Nancy Millis AC MBE FAA FTSE died on 29 September aged 90 at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, where she had been convalescing following a recent car accident. She joined the Academy in 1977 and served as an ATSE Councillor (1979-82) and the ATSE Crawford Fund Management Board (1994-2001).
The Academy will remember her for her practical, down-to-earth approach and her sustained energy and enthusiasm – and will continue to acknowledge her scientific and academic achievements that earned her respect worldwide.
Professor Millis had an illustrious career, which commenced with the pioneering study of biotechnology in Australia and culminated in her appointment as the Chancellor of La Trobe University from 1992, a position she held until her retirement in 2006. She had continued her work at the University of Melbourne since, working a full day in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, until her recent accident.
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