The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients
Australian of the Year
2012 ACT Australian of the Year Nominee
Professor Andrew BlakersState: Australian Capital Territory
Solar energy scientist
Professor Andrew Blakers is a remarkable scientist and highly successful academic, whose enthusiasm for solar energy is inspiring. Andrew is a world-leading scientist in photovoltaics. Driven by a passion for the environment, in 1992 he established solar photovoltaics research at the Australian National University. Since then, Andrew has managed about 80 projects that have brought $75 million of private and public funds to the university. In 1997 the ANU, under Andrew’s dedicated leadership, established the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems. CSES is now internationally renowned for its work on solar energy technology and employs 60 staff and PhD students. Andrew is responsible for several key innovations in solar technology. He co-invented SLIVER cells, a unique solar cell technology that is the subject of commercial development valued at more than $100 million. Andrew’s negotiations with private sector partners have ensured the ANU benefits from potential mass production while retaining the freedom to conduct further research. Andrew mentors and supervises dozens of students with generosity and drive. Andrew’s exceptional dedication, perseverance and energy have produced astonishing results whose effects will be felt by future generations.