Australian Academy of Science 2019 Selby Fellow

  • Fellowships are awarded annually to distinguished overseas scientists to visit Australia. It is intended that public awareness of science and scientific issues is raised through a series of public lectures and seminars. The Foundation congratulates and acknowledges the valuable work undertaken by the 2018 Selby Fellow.

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  • Professor Herbert Huppert


    University of Cambridge’s Institute of Theoretical Geophysics
    Awarded on 16/04/2019

    Professor Huppert was born and received his early education in Sydney, Australia.  He graduated in Applied Mathematics from Sydney University with first class Honours and the University medal in 1964.  He then completed a Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, and went as an ICI Post-doctoral Fellow to the University of Cambridge in 1968 where he has remained to this day!  He has published widely using fluid-mechanical principles in applications to the Earth sciences: in meteorology, oceanography and geology.  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987.  In 2005 he was the only non-American recipient of a prize from the US National Academy, being awarded the Arthur L. Day Prize Lectureship for contributions to the Earth sciences.  He has been elected a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Physical Society.  He was awarded the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London in 2007 and gave the Bakerian Prize Lecture of The Royal Society in 2011 entitled ‘Carbon storage: caught between a rock and climate change’.

    Professor Huppert aims to present public lectures on a variety of topics to interested public audiences throughout Australia. The subject matters to possibly include: Carbon Capture and Storage;  The Life of a Volcano;  A Journey to the Centre of the Earth;  Why Scientists and Politicians are Incompatible;  The Evaluation of Risk;  Cheating – in science, sport, politics, business, life, animal life and The Science and politics of Fracking. 

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