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Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2018: recipient citations

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Publication Date: 
October 2018

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science recognise the contributions our scientists, innovators and science teachers make to Australia's scientific and commercialisation capabilities.

The prizes were awarded by the Prime Minister on 17 October 2018.

10 prize winners on stage with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister Karen Andrews.

2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science recipients. (Left to right) Dr Simon Poole, Dr Glenn Baxter, Mr Andrew Bartos, Dr Steven Frisken, Minister Karen Andrews, Emeritus Professor Kurt Lambeck, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Dr Lee Berger, Associate Professor Jack Clegg, Mr Brett Crawford, Dr Geoff Rogers, Dr Scott Sleap.

View photos of the awards ceremony and prize winners.

Prime Minister's Prize for Science

Awarded to Emeritus Professor Kurt Lambeck [750KB PDF] [165KB DOCX] for transforming our understanding of our living planet.

Watch a 2-minute video about his achievements.

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Professor Kurt Lambeck.

Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation

Awarded to Dr Simon Poole, Mr Andrew Bartos, Dr Glenn Baxter and Dr Steven Frisken [1.2MB PDF] [230KB DOCX] for creating and commercialising technologies that underpin the global internet.

Watch a 2-minute video about their achievements.

Photo of 2018 PM Prize Winners

(Left to right) Dr Simon Poole, Mr Andrew Bartos, Dr Glenn Baxter, Dr Steven Frisken.

Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year

Awarded to Dr Lee Berger [790KB PDF] [180KB DOCX] for solving the global mystery of disappearing frogs and challenging paradigms about wildlife health.

Watch a 2-minute video about her achievements.

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Dr Lee Berger.

Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year

Awarded to Associate Professor Jack Clegg [760KB PDF] [170KB DOCX] for creating flexible crystals and new separation technologies.

Watch a 2-minute video about his achievements.

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Associate Professor Jack Clegg.

Prize for New Innovators

Awarded to Dr Geoff Rogers [700KB PDF] [150KB DOCX] for creating and commercialising his pioneering biomedical engineering.

Watch a 2-minute video about his achievements.

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Dr Geoff Rogers.

Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools

Awarded to Brett Crawford [740KB PDF] [180KB DOCX] for creating an environment in which every teacher is engaged in science and for mentoring his fellow teachers.

Watch a 2-minute video about his achievements.

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Brett Crawford.

Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools

Awarded to Dr Scott Sleap [680KB PDF] [180KB DOCX] for opening young eyes to careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Watch a 2-minute video about his achievements.

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Dr Scott Sleap.

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