The 2009 Australian Laureate Fellowships awarded today to The Australian National University’s Professor Chennupati Jagadish and Professor Brian Schmidt recognise and reward two world-leading scholars, ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb said.
The fellowships were announced at Parliament House by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Senator Kim Carr. The awards are worth around $2.7 million each, and aim to give researchers at the peak of their careers the chance to mentor teams of emerging academic talent.
Professor Jagadish is a Federation Fellow and head of the Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Research Group at ANU. He is a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology, serves on the editorial board of more than 10 international journals, has published more than 550 research papers and holds five US patents.
“Professor Jagadish’s work has put Australia at the forefront of nanotechnology and optoelectronics research,” said Professor Chubb. “In addition, he is an inspirational figure to the many students who have studied with him and a leading figure on the world stage in his field."
“While much has been achieved in a short time with nanotechnology, this is still an emerging research field and one, because of Professor Jagadish and his colleagues, where Australia has a chance to become a world leader. I congratulate him on his Australian Laureate Fellowship and think he is an excellent choice for such a prestigious honour.” Chubb.