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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Latest news &

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.


25 January 2018

The Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, presented the four Australian of the Year Award recipients with trophies at a ceremony in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra this evening.

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Incredible innovators and #ausoftheyear recipients @misterwootube and Mat Bowtell have teamed up for A Night of Ins…

17 May 2018 a 12:10pm

The unstoppable Eddie Woo just finished up a busy 72 hours inspiring students and teachers in Canberra and surround…

16 May 2018 a 4:48pm

What an honour - congratulations to our 2018 #ausoftheyear Prof Michelle Simmons 👏👏 #RSfellows

10 May 2018 a 1:02pm

Awesome to see 2018 #ausoftheyear Prof Michelle Simmons work spread even further.

4 May 2018 a 4:42pm

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