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Famous Scientists from Australia

List of notable or famous scientists from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top scientists born in Australia and even some popular scientists who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian scientists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These scientists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known scientist from Australia is included when available.

This is a list that features people like Peter C. Doherty and Fiona Stanley.

This historic scientists from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian scientists of note?" and "Who are the most famous scientists from Australia?" These prominent scientists of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian scientists.

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    Adrianne Pope

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    Professor Aileen Joy Plant was a leading Australian infectious diseases epidemiologist. She was professor of international health at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. Born in the Victorian country town of Warrigal, the fourth of eight children, her parents had a car dealership ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Australia
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist
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    Alan Trounson, PhD, is a biologist and President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine California's $3 billion stem cell agency. He was previously Professor of Stem Cell Sciences and the Director of the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories at Monash University, and retains the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Professor, Researcher, Scientist
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    Alex Fraser was a major innovator in the development of the computer modeling of population genetics and his work has stimulated many advances in genetic research over the past decades. His efforts in the 1950s and 1960s had a profound impact on the development of computational models of evolutionary ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 79 (1923-2002)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Computer scientist, Scientist
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    Allan Whitenack Snyder is the director of the Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney, Australia where he also holds the 150th Anniversary Chair of Science and the Mind. He is a co-founder of Emotiv Systems and winner of the International Australia Prize in 1997 and the Marconi Prize in 2001 for ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist
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    Amanda Sainsbury-Salis

    Amanda Sainsbury-Salis, PhD is an Australian medical researcher, educator and author. Her research interests are hypothalamic control of body weight, famine reaction, metabolism, body composition, anorexia, obesity, eating disorders. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Australia
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Andrew Tompkins is the lead vocalist and bassist for the Australian doom metal band Paramaecium, which was considered to be the biggest Christian doom metal band. Andrew has a daughter named Enara. Tompkins has also written a book entitled "Within the Ancient Forest". The Paramaecium album of the same ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Musician, Scientist, Singer
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    Arthur Henry Shakespeare Lucas

    Arthur Henry Shakespeare Lucas was an English-born schoolmaster and scientist who lived in Australia for over fifty years. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 83 (1853-1936)
    • Profession: Scientist, Botanist
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    Barry William Brook is an Australian scientist. He is a professor and Chair of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Tasmania in the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology. He was formerly an ARC Future Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Australia
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist
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    Barry James Marshall, AC, FRACP, FRS, FAA, DSc is an Australian physician, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, and Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Western Australia. Marshall and Robin Warren showed that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori is the cause of most peptic ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Kalgoorlie, Australia
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist, Physician
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    Basil Stuart Hetzel, AC is an Australian medical researcher who has made a major contribution to combating iodine deficiency, a major cause of goitre and cretinism worldwide. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 93
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Scientist, Physician
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    Bertram Steele

    Bertram Dillon Steele FRS was an Australian scientist, foundation professor of chemistry at the University of Queensland . more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 64 (1870-1934)
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Bridget Ogilvie

    Dr Dame Bridget Margaret Ogilvie, AC, DBE, FRS is an Australian and British scientist. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Glen Innes, Australia
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Carlo Kopp is an Australian freelance defence analyst and academic who has published some 300 articles in defense security publications. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Australia
    • Profession: Computer scientist, Scientist
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    Charles Kellaway

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    Charles Halliley Kellaway FRS, was an Australian medical researcher and science administrator. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 63 (1889-1952)
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Charles Lane Poole

    Charles Lane Poole was an English Australian forester who, introduced systematic, science-based forestry to Western Australia. He was the Commonwealth's first Inspector-General of Forests and trained many of Australia's professional foresters at Australian Forestry School which he established in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 85 (1885-1970)
    • Birthplace: Sussex, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Christos Pantelis

    Professor Christos Pantelis is an Australian professor of medicine who is the Director of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre. more on Wikipedia
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    Colin Morley

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    Colin Morley, FRCP, FRCPCH, FRACP, is a British/Australian academic neonatologist. He was the Professor Director of Neonatal Medicine at The Royal Women's Hospital and The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and The University of Melbourne, Australia, from May 1998 to September 2008. Although retired ... more on Wikipedia
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    David Fleay

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    David Howells Fleay was an Australian naturalist who pioneered the captive breeding of endangered species, and was the first person to breed the platypus in captivity. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1907-1993)
    • Birthplace: Ballarat, Australia
    • Profession: Scientist
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    David Forbes Martyn FRS was a Scottish-born Australian physicist and radiographer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 64 (1906-1970)
    • Birthplace: Cambuslang, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Scientist
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