2009 Recipients

The 2009 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science were awarded at a presentation ceremony  held on 28 October 2009. The five prizes are awarded annually and are a tribute to the contributions that our scientists and science teachers are making to Australia's current and future scientific capabilities. 

  • Prime Minister's Prize for Science
    John O'Sullivan 
  • Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
    Michael Cowley
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
    Amanda Barnard
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools
    Allan Whittome
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools
    Len Altman

2009 Presentation Ceremony

The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science were presented to five of Australia's top scientists and science teachers by the Prime Minister and Minister Carr on Wednesday 28 October 2009. This black-tie function in the Great Hall of Parliament House was attended by over 600 distinguished scientists, science leaders and science educators.

2009 celebrated the tenth year of the Prizes, which recognise the contribution of scientists, science leaders and science educators to the community by highlighting the achievements of excellent Australian science and science teaching. These awards comprise solid gold or silver engraved medallions with matching lapel pins in jarrah presentation cases, and grants totalling $500,000.

This year's $300,000 Prime Minister's Prize for Science was awarded to Dr John O’Sullivan for achievements in astronomy and wireless technologies. The Prize also includes a solid gold medallion.

The Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, comprising $50,000 and a silver medallion, was awarded to Professor Michael Cowley for his contribution to our understanding of metabolism and obesity.

Dr Amanda Barnard received the $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year for her work on nanoparticles modelling.

In recognition of their efforts in inspiring and educating Australia's next generations of scientists, the Prime Ministers Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools were awarded to Mr Allan Whittome from Badgingarra Primary School in Western Australia and Mr Len Altman from Marden Senior School in South Australia. Each Teaching Prize consists of a silver medallion and a $50,000 grant.

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