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Famous Scientists from Australia

Updated October 13, 2018 5.5k views78 items

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Adrianne Pope

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    Aileen Plant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia
    Aileen Joy Plant (died 27 March 2007) was a leading Australian infectious diseases... more on Wikipedia
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    Alan O. Trounson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia
    Alan Osborne Trounson (born 16 February 1946) is an Australian embryologist with expertise in... more on Wikipedia
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    Alex Fraser is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Alex Fraser

    Dec. at 79 (1923-2002)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Alex Fraser (1923 – 14 July 2002) was a major innovator in the development of the computer... more on Wikipedia
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    Allan Snyder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Allan Whitenack Snyder is the director of the Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney,... more on Wikipedia
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    Amanda Sainsbury-Salis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Amanda Sainsbury-Salis

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceAustralia

    Amanda Sainsbury-Salis (born 1969) is an Australian medical researcher, educator and author.... more on Wikipedia
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    Andrew Tompkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia
    Andrew Tompkins is the lead vocalist and bassist for the Australian doom metal band... more on Wikipedia
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    Arthur Henry Shakespeare Lucas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Arthur Henry Shakespeare Lucas

    Dec. at 83 (1853-1936)
    Arthur Henry Shakespeare Lucas (7 May 1853 – 10 June 1936) was an English-born schoolmaster,... more on Wikipedia
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    Barry Brook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    BirthplaceAustralia

    Barry William Brook (born 28 February 1974 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian... more on Wikipedia
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    Barry Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    BirthplaceKalgoorlie, Australia

    Barry James Marshall (born 30 September 1951) is an Australian physician, Nobel Prize... more on Wikipedia
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    Basil Hetzel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Basil Stuart Hetzel (13 June 1922 – 4 February 2017) was an Australian medical researcher who... more on Wikipedia
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    Bertram Steele is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Bertram Steele

    Dec. at 64 (1870-1934)
    Bertram Dillon Steele FRS (30 May 1870 – 12 April 1934) was an Australian scientist,... more on Wikipedia
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    Bridget Ogilvie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Bridget Ogilvie

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceGlen Innes, Australia

    Dame Bridget Margaret Ogilvie, (born 24 March 1938) is an Australian and British scientist.
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    Carlo Kopp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia
    Carlo Kopp is an Australian freelance defence analyst and academic who has published some 300... more on Wikipedia
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    Charles Kellaway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Charles Kellaway

    Dec. at 63 (1889-1952)

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Charles Halliley Kellaway, (16 January 1889 – 13 December 1952) was an Australian medical... more on Wikipedia
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    Charles Lane Poole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Charles Lane Poole

    Dec. at 85 (1885-1970)

    BirthplaceSussex, United Kingdom

    Charles Edward Lane Poole (16 August 1885 – 22 November 1970) was an English Australian... more on Wikipedia
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    Christos Pantelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Christos Pantelis

    Professor Christos Pantelis is an Australian professor of medicine who is the Director of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Colin Morley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Colin Morley

    Colin Morley, FRCP, FRCPCH, FRACP, is a British/Australian academic neonatologist. He was the... more on Wikipedia
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    David Fleay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    David Fleay

    Dec. at 86 (1907-1993)

    BirthplaceBallarat, Australia

    David Howells Fleay (; 6 January 1907 in Ballarat, Victoria – 7 August 1993) was an... more on Wikipedia
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    David Forbes Martyn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    David Forbes Martyn

    Dec. at 64 (1906-1970)

    BirthplaceCambuslang, United Kingdom

    David Forbes Martyn FAA FRS (27 June 1906 – 5 March 1970) was a Scottish-born Australian... more on Wikipedia
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    David Karoly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia
    David John Karoly (born 1955) is an Australian atmospheric scientist, currently based at... more on Wikipedia
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    David Makinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia
    David Clement Makinson, D.Phil, (born 27 August 1941), is an Australian mathematical logician... more on Wikipedia
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    Dennis Jensen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    BirthplaceSouth Africa

    Dennis Geoffrey Jensen (born 28 February 1962 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a former... more on Wikipedia
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    Derek Denton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Derek Denton

    Age: 96

    BirthplaceAustralia

    Emeritus Professor Derek Ashworth Denton AC is an Australian scientist known for his research... more on Wikipedia
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    Edward Rennie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Scientists from Australia

    Edward Rennie

    Dec. at 75 (1852-1927)

    BirthplaceBalmain, Sydney, Australia

    Edward Henry Rennie (19 August 1852 – 8 January 1927) was an Australian scientist and a... more on Wikipedia
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