Eminent medical researcher Professor Peter Colman AC FRS FAA FTSE, aviation business leader Mr Alan Joyce AC FTSE and WA Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken AC FTSE were named in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, heading a group of eight ATSE Fellows honoured for their service to Australia.
Professor Peter Colman was honoured “For eminent service to medical research, particularly in the fields of structural biology and medicinal chemistry, as a leader in the commercial translation of scientific discoveries, to professional organisations, and as a mentor of young scientists.
He has headed the Structural Biology Division, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, since 2001 and chairs the Performance Review Committee and is a Board Member of the Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health.
He was a Board Member, Australian Synchrotron, 2009-2013; Founding Board Member, Starpharma, 1997-2008; Director, Biomolecular Research Institute, 1991-2001; and Founding Board Member, Biota Holdings, 1985-1991.
He was chief of the CSIRO Division of Biomolecular Engineering, 1989-1997. At CSIRO he initiated the research and development of the anti-influenza drug, Relenza and has won numerous awards and medals.
Mr Alan Joyce AC FTSE was honoured “For eminent service to the aviation transport industry, to the development of the
national and international tourism sectors, to gender equity, inclusion and diversity, and to the community, particularly as a supporter of Indigenous education.”
His service includes: Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Qantas Airways Limited, since 2008; Governor, Board of Governors, Oneworld Alliance, current; Board Member, Business Council of Australia, sinc
e 2013; Ambassador, Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, since 2012; and Founding Member, Male
Champions of Change, since 2010.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
He was awarded, Outstanding Contribution to Global Aviation honoured by the Irish Aviation
Industry in 2016; and Orient Aviation Person of the Year, 2016.
Professor Peter Klinken was honoured “For eminent service to medical research and biochemistry through seminal contributions to understanding the genetics of major diseases, and to the people of Western Australia through promoting the importance of science and innovation.”
His service includes: Chief Scientist of Western Australia, since 2014; Chair, Premier's Science Awards; and member of various scientific advisory committees including Children's Cancer Research Australia; Lions Eye Institute; and Bioplatforms Australia.
He was the Director, Centre for Medical Research (2002-2014) at the University of Western Australia; Professor of Clinical Biochemistry (1994-2004); and Senior Fellow, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (2014-2016).
He was named WA Citizen of the Year (professional category) in 2008.
Emeritus Professor Graeme Bird AO FTSE was honoured “For distinguished service to aeronautical engineering, particularly in the field of molecular gas dynamics, as a researcher and academic, to professional scientific organisations, and as a mentor of young scientists.
Professor Bird was Lawrence Hargrave Professor of Aeronautical Engineering and Head of Department, University of Sydney, 1964-1990, and has been a visiting professor, Imperial College London; California Institute of Technology (Caltech); University of Manchester; Max Plank Institute; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
He has been a consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for some 40 years and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society; and a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
Emeritus Professor Geoff Fincher AO FTSE was recognised “For distinguished service to science, and to education, in the area of plant genomics, as an academic, researcher and administrator, through scientific advisory roles, and to international professional societies.
He was the University of Adelaide’s Professor and Head of Department of Plant Science, 1993-201 and Director, Waite Campus, 2003-2010. He was Senior Lecturer and Reader in Plant Biochemistry, La Trobe University, 1982-1992.
He was a member of the South Australian Science Council, 2015-2017; Founding Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, 2011-2014; and Deputy CEO, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, 2003-2010.
Professor Margaret Sheil AO FTSE, was honoured for “For distinguished service to science and higher education as an academic and administrator, through significant contributions to the national research landscape, and to performance standards.
She has been University of Melbourne Provost since 2012 and was previously CEO of the Australian Research Council (ARC), 2007-2012 and University of Wollongong Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), 2005-2007 and Pro Vice-Chancellor 92002-2005.
Professor Sheil is an ATSE Director and a Director of ANSTO and has served on the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council; the National Research Infrastructure Council and the Co-operative Research Centres Committee.
Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FTSE was recognised “For distinguished service to business through venture capital, management and commercialisation initiatives for research and technology based enterprises, and to industry organisations.
Her service includes: Chair, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, since 2002 and HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, since 2016; Director, Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre, since 2013, Cancer Therapeutics Cooperative Research Centre, 2014-2016, Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre, since 2014, and Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Centre, 2002-2007.
She is a Director of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), since 2016 and has been Chair, National Climate Science Advisory Committee, since 2016. She was a Director, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, since 2014. She served as Chief Executive Officer, Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, 2006- 2013 and is a former Director of the Warren Centre.
Dr Alexander Zelinsky AO FTSE, was honoured “For distinguished service to defence science and technology, to systems engineering, and to education as an academic and researcher.
Dr Zelinsky has been Chief Defence Scientist and Head of Defence Science and Technology since 2012 and was previously Group Executive, Information Sciences Group, CSIRO, 2009-2012 and Director of CSIRO’s ICT Centre Business Unit, (2004-2009). Before that he was Professor, Systems Engineering, at the Australian National University.
He is Chair of the Advisory Board for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Robotic Vision, an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia and won a 2005 Clunies Ross Award.
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