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Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn winner of NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering



18 October 2016


On 14 October 2016 at Government House, Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, ARC Laureate Fellow Professor of Physics and Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy at the University of Sydney, has been awarded the NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering, in the category Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Physics.

The NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering recognizes excellence in science and engineering, and rewards the important contribution that scientists and engineers make to our everyday life. The citation states this important award was bestowed for his

"rare distinction of having made major contributions both to experimental physics and to astrophysics."

During his career, Professor Bland-Hawthorn has contributed to establish Australia's leading role in astronomy. He pioneered the field of astrophotonics, with the invention and the development of new instrumentation, and with a key role in the development of hexabundles, microspectrographs and the photonic lantern, for example, that are now being applied in other fields.

Professor Bland-Hawthorn has also the distinction of creating, together with Ken Freeman, the fields of Galactic Archaeology and Near-Field Cosmology. Research in this area has begun to reveal new and outstanding results that allows to trace back the formation of our own Galaxy from the motions and chemical properties of its stars.

Professor Bland-Hawthorn receiving The NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering, on 14 October 2016 at Government House
Professor Bland-Hawthorn receiving The NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering, on 14 October 2016 at Government House