Physicists strike Eureka Gold

7 September 2011

Eureka Prize Winners Dr Chris Dey, Dr Joy Murray, A/Prof. David Moss, Prof. Ben Eggleton and  with Dean of Science, Prof. Trevor Hambley, and Vice Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence
Eureka Prize Winners Dr Chris Dey, Dr Joy Murray, A/Prof. David Moss, Prof. Ben Eggleton and with Dean of Science, Prof. Trevor Hambley, and Vice Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence

Five School of Physics researchers - Professor Ben Eggleton, Assoc. Professor David Moss, Professor Manfred Lenzen, Dr Joy Murray and Dr Chris Dey - took out three prestigious Eureka Prizes at a special black tie event held on Tuesday 6 September.

Professor David Moss from the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science was named winner of the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science. Professor Moss was recognised for his breakthrough work incorporating light onto silicon computer chips. His research will be critical to overcoming many of the energy and bandwidth bottlenecks for on-chip and chip to chip communications, and will play a key role in enabling silicon photonic chips.

Professor Manfred Lenzen, Dr Christopher Dey and Dr Joy Murray who head up the Integrated Sustainability Analysis Research Group (ISA) won the Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change with their model designed to calculate the environmental cost of what we produce, buy and eat.

The Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science was presented to Professor Ben Eggleton, Director of CUDOS, the ARC Centre of Excellence headquartered in the School of Physics, that comprises over 130 researchers from seven Australian universities.

Professor Eggleton and his team are developing optical technologies that promise to change people's lives by developing a photonic chip that is faster, smaller, more energy efficient and smarter than traditional electronic options. Using light beams, the chip is already contributing to new science and technology in a host of areas, ranging from energy-efficient communications and quantum information processing to environmental monitoring and astronomy.

This prize recognises Professor Eggleton's outstanding record of multidisciplinary research leadership in Australia and the US, and his ability to develop and lead breakthrough science and technology and translate discoveries into commercial realities.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, who attended last night's ceremony, congratulated all the winners and said he was delighted the University had been so widely represented in this year's awards. "These awards are wonderful recognition for their work over many years. The University of Sydney takes great pride in their achievements. They epitomise our commitment to undertake research that makes an original contribution to knowledge and understanding."

"Our commitment to sustainability research is clear: it is fantastic to see the multi-disciplinary team led by Manfred Lenzen, Christopher Dey and Joy Murray recognised for their work in this area.

"It is also pleasing to see our researchers recognised for leadership and communication. We are determined to see our research go beyond the boundaries of our campus and have a real affect on broader society; we want to solve problems and innovate. Ben Eggleton has shown exemplary leadership in this area."

All of the University of Sydney finalists at the Eureka Prizes took out the top prize in their category. Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of scientific research and innovation, science leadership, school science and science journalism and communication.

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