Vice-Chancellor inducted to prestigious Bragg Membership

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Receiving the highest category of membership awarded by The Royal Institution of Australia, the University of Newcastle’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, will be inducted as an Honorary Bragg member today.

Vice Chancellor
Professor Alex Zelinsky AO

Named after the prominent Australian Pioneer scientists, Sir William Henry Bragg and Sir William Lawrence Bragg, Honorary Bragg Membership recognises excellence in scientific achievement and commitment to science communication.

Professor Zelinsky joined the University of Newcastle in November 2018 following a role as Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist. His scientific career includes working as a computer scientist, systems engineer and roboticist and spans innovation, science and technology, research, commercial start-ups and education.

On behalf of Patron, The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC, Mr Peter Yates AM FTSE, Chairman of The Royal Institute of Australia will formally induct Professor Zelinsky, along with three other prominent Australian scientists and leaders in today’s ceremony.

“In Australia, we are truly fortunate to have so many remarkable scientists and scientific leaders, who are each making a significant contribution to the future of this country and beyond,” Mr Peter Yates AM said.

“By acknowledging and honouring our industry leaders we hope to inspire the next generation of scientists and STEM graduates who will play an important role in the development of Australia as an innovative nation,” Mr Yates said.

Professor Zelinsky joins 47 existing distinguished Bragg Members including former astronaut Andy Thomas, developer of the HPV vaccine, Professor Ian Frazer AC, as well as Nobel Prize winners, Professor Brian Schmidt AC and Dr Elizabeth Blackburn AC.

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