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Celebrating alumni and staff recognised with 2024 King's Birthday Honours

10 June 2024
Recognising their achievements
The University of Sydney congratulates all members of its community recognised in the 2024 King's Birthday Honours List, including Professor Karen Canfell AC, Professor Thomas Maschmeyer AO, Professor Don Nutbeam AO, and Professor Helen Reddel AM.

Members of the University community including staff, alumni and affiliates have been recognised for their outstanding achievements across a broad range of fields in the 2024 King's Birthday Honours List.

Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Mark Scott congratulated the recipients on their honours.

“At the University of Sydney, we are privileged to witness pioneering research and a tremendous calibre of leadership on display every single day. Our institution thrives on a foundation of innovation, dedication, and academic excellence, and it is gratifying to see these qualities recognised in our community. 

“Universities are at the heart of our country’s innovation ecosystem and these honours acknowledge that. I am also thrilled to have our educators recognised – we all know the importance of a great teacher.”

“Today, we take pride in celebrating the remarkable achievements of our colleagues, students, and alumni who have been recognised with the 2024 Birthday Honours.

“As a community, we congratulate their successes and extend our wholehearted support as they continue to create impact and advance knowledge.”

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Professor Karen Canfell AC

Amongst those recognised today, Professor Karen Canfell is a world-renowned cancer researcher and epidemiologist, from the University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health.

She has been appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for her eminent service to medicine, particularly through cancer research, to tertiary education, and as a mentor and leader. This includes her work as the inaugural Director of the Daffodil Centre – a joint venture between the Cancer Council NSW and the University of Sydney.

Professor Canfell said she was honoured by her appointment:

“I am particularly honoured that the citation reflects my role as a mentor and educator. I’m so privileged to have had the opportunity to support some of the most outstanding researchers in the world, in relation to research into cancer prevention and early detection, health services research, and reducing inequities in cancer outcomes.

“I am motivated by the devoted people I work with, the enormity of our collective challenges in cancer control and our sense of achievement when we succeed.”

With leadership spanning both industry and academia, Professor Thomas Maschmeyer is an academic in the School of Chemistry, and the founding direct of the Laboratory of Advanced Catalysis for Sustainability. Professor Maschmeyer has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to science as a researcher, innovator and educator, and business through pioneering commercial technologies.

“Universities are at the heart of our country’s innovation ecosystem and these honours acknowledge that. I am also thrilled to have our educators recognised – we all know the importance of a great teacher.”
Professor Mark Scott, Vice-Chancellor and President

Other recipients of the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours include Professor Don Nutbeam, Executive Director of Sydney Health Partners, and public health researcher from the Faculty of Medicine and Health, and Adjunct Professor Helen Reddel, Research Leader at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.

Professor Nutbeam’s dedication to teaching and learning was highlighted in his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), citing his distinguished service to public health, to tertiary education, and to professional associations and boards.

Professor Reddel is a respiratory physician and researcher, committed to improving treatment for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Professor Reddel was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to respiratory medicine, and to medical research. 

More details of the honours received by many other members of the University community will be shared on this page in the coming days. 

A full list of those recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours can be found at the Governor-General’s website.

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