Australian of the Year

Professor Michelle Yvonne Simmons
Professor in quantum physics

Senior Australian of the Year

Dr Graham Farquhar AO
Prize winning biophysicist

Young Australian of the Year

Samantha Kerr

Local Hero

Eddie Woo
Mathematics teacher

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1 June 2018

Nominations close midnight Tuesday 31 July 2018

2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons elected as Royal Society Fellow

10 May 2018

2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons FRS, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), the world’s oldest independent scientific academy.

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How are Australians shaping the world? Join Australian of the Year, Michelle Simmons & a panel of innovative Austra…

8 October 2018 a 3:41pm

RT @UNSW: .@UNSWScience Scientia Professor & @AusoftheYear Michelle Simmons was in Washington DC to participate in 100 Years of Mateship in…

27 September 2018 a 5:42pm

RT @WSFBrisbane: Calling all #STEM Educators! Meet 2018 @ausoftheyear Local Hero Eddie Woo @misterwootube and find out what’s on offer for…

24 September 2018 a 2:54pm

RT @misterwootube: 🎥 Thanks @theprojecttv for having me! Pretty excited to join Tommy, Hamish, Lisa and Sarah on the desk to do my first bi…

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