[ASC-media] Medal Awards: Royal Society of NSW
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Thu Mar 11 11:56:29 CET 2010
Media Release, 10 March 2010
Michael Goldsworthy awarded prestigious James Cook Medal
The Royal Society of New South Wales has announced that the rarely
awarded James Cook Medal has gone to Dr Michael Goldsworthy, FAIP for
his internationally acclaimed isotope separation technique using lasers.
The most recent recipients were Dr Peter Colman in 1999 whose work
with the CSIRO in X-ray crystallography directly contributed to the
invention of the anti-flu drug, Relenza, and Sir Gustav Nossal in
1994 for his contributions to science as Director of the Walter and
Eliza Hall Institute.
Dr Goldsworthy’s discovery is particularly important for the energy
sector that requires the separation of isotopes for uranium reactors.
His discovery has increased the enrichment efficiency by an estimated
factor of 60 times better than the present highest level of
centrifuges. The medical sector depends on low-cost, stable isotope
separation for diagnostics and the laser separation technique is also
used for advanced nano-electronics with semiconductors such as
silicon and artificial diamonds.
Dr Michael Goldsworthy is regarded as one of the nation’s leading
authorities on both nuclear power and solar energy – two key
alternative energy sources used worldwide in response to the growing
concerns about global climate change. He is one of Australia’s
leading technology exponents on innovation and commercialisation.
The significance of Dr Goldsworthy’s success with his laser
technique is evident from the payment of $7.5 million royalties to
him by US Government industry for patent rights.
Professor Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist, will present the James
Cook Medal and two other awards, the Clarke Medal and the Edgeworth
David Medal, at the Royal Society’s Annual Dinner on Friday 12
This year the Clarke Medal for Zoology has been awarded to the
Australian Museum’s distinguished malacologist, Dr Winston Ponder.
Through his work in taxonomy, Dr Ponder has contributed significantly
to Australia’s biodiversity, particularly in discovering previously
unknown gastropod diversity in all taxonomic levels. Similarly his
work on Australian freshwater molluscs has uncovered new levels of
diversity, including a single cave system in Tasmania with 10
Dr Ponder is recognised internationally as an expert in his field and
a key textbook on the biology and evolution of molluscs that he is co-
authoring will be a major contribution to our understanding of one of
the largest groups of animals on Earth.
The Edgeworth David Medal has been awarded to Associate Professor
Nagarajan Valanoor of the University of NSW where he has worked since
2005 after gaining his PhD from the University of Maryland, USA. In
Australia, he has become established as a national leader in research
on thin film polar oxide structures and his work on nanoscale
Associate Professor Valanoor’s extensive publications include
articles in the journals, Science and Nature Materials. His papers
have been cited some 2,400 times and his exceptionally high ranking
on an index used to measure scientific productivity and impact is
remarkable for so young a scientist as Associate Professor Valanoor.
For more information contact and for Associate Professor Nagarajan
Associate Professor William Sewell
Councillor, Royal Society of NSW
Phone: 02 9036 5282; mobile: 0407 061 786; email: w.sewell at garvan.org.au
For Dr Michael Goldsworthy, contact
Executive Assistant to CEO
SILEX SYSTEMS LIMITED
Office: 02 9532 1331; fax: 02 9532 1332; mobile: 0414 946 873
Email: Danielle.Tiller at silex.com.au; Web: www.silex.com.au
For Dr Winston Ponder, contact
Michelle Van Doninck, Publicist
Phone: 02 9320 6181; fax: 02 9320 6068; mobile: 0421 617 019
Email: Michelle.VanDoninck at austmus.gov.au ; Web:
rjstutch at me.com
1 Carisbrook Street
Lane Cove NSW 2066
Phone/Fax: 612 9427 6747
Mobile: 0438 4119 67
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