The 2011 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science were awarded at a presentation ceremony held on 12 October 2011. 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.
2011 Awards Presentation
The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science were proudly presented to six of Australia’s exemplary scientists and science educators by the Prime Minister and Senator Carr on Wednesday 12 October 2011.
The black tie celebratory dinner, held in the Great Hall of the Parliament House was attended by over 500 distinguished scientists, science educators and leaders of the community.
The gathering was delighted and inspired by the presence of Professor Brian Schmidt, Australia's newest Nobel Laureate in Physics. Professor Schmidt was the inaugural recipient of the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year in 2000, and spoke at the conclusion of the 2011 celebration.
This year’s $300,000 major prize, the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science was awarded jointly to Professors Ezio Rizzardo and David Solomon for their revolutionary role in polymer science.
The Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, comprising $50,000 and a silver medallion, was awarded to Associate Professor Min Chen for her contribution to our knowledge of chlorophyll and cyanobacteria.
Professor Stuart Wyithe, an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow from the University of Melbourne receives the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year for his work on the physics of the formation of the Universe.
In recognition of their dedication to inspiring and educating Australia’s future generations of scientists, the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools were awarded respectively to Mrs Brooke Topelberg from Westminster Primary School (WA) and Dr Jane Wright from Loreto College in South Australia.
View the photo gallery from the 2011 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science presentation.