The University of Melbourne has honoured two if its most revered scientists at the opening of the expanded Bio21 Institute of Molecular Science and Biotechnology.
The new building has been named after Nancy Millis, one of the University’s first female professors, while the Margaret Sheil Mass Spectrometry laboratories recognise Australia’s first female chemistry professor and Academy Fellow.
Professor Margaret Sheil said the new laboratories at the Bio21 Institute are a significant addition to the University.
“Boosting research outcomes and building a high performing research culture is important to the reputation of any university,” Professor Sheil said.
“To be able to do that, you need the best facilities to work in, which is exactly what the expanded Bio21 institute will provide. I am honoured that my name will be associated with these world-class laboratories.”
University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell, said it was fitting to recognise both women at the expanded Bio21 institute.
“Nancy Millis and Margaret Sheil have made enormous contributions to the global scientific community over many decades,” Professor Maskell said.
“Not just in terms of research, but also as role models who paved the way for many women to pursue a career in academia. I am delighted that Nancy and Margaret’s names are commemorated at the Bio21 Institute. I have no doubt they will continue to inspire generations of researchers to come.”