Faculty researchers elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science

27 March 2013

Professor Geoffrey Taylor and Professor Mike Sandiford have been elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.

Dean of Science Professor Robert Saint said he was delighted two outstanding Faculty of Science researchers had been recognised this year.

“The election of these exceptional scientists attests to the esteem in which they are held by the scientific community,” he said.

“Professor Taylor's work on Large Hadron Collider detectors, most recently used to discover the elusive Higgs Boson, represents a huge contribution to the international science endeavour.

“Professor Sandiford has made seminal contributions to our understanding of geological processes, including those of the Indo-Australian tectonic plate, the part of the earth's crust on which we sit.”

A small number of Australian scientists are elected to the Fellowship annually, for their outstanding contribution to science. Twenty Fellows were elected this year.

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Professor Geoffrey Taylor (Physics) is Director of the University’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale. He and his team have made important contributions to the recent discovery of the Higgs boson, and Prof Taylor played a major role in the design and construction of the advanced detectors for the proposed Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, right from its beginnings in 1989. The heart of the ATLAS detector – its inner tracking component – was designed and built in Melbourne under Prof Taylor’s direction, and is one of the many independent scientific and technical advances which led to the successful outcome at CERN.

Professor Mike Sandiford (Earth Sciences) is Director of the University’s Melbourne Energy Institute. He has made important contributions to metamorphic geology, tectonics, earthquake geology, geomorphology and geothermics, with a special focus on the young tectonic activity in the Indo-Australian tectonic plate. Prof Sandiford’s work on the thermal structure of the Australian crust has also led to the current surge of interest in geothermal exploration energy in South Australia.

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