I am delighted to announce that Professor Ken Freeman from the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics has been awarded the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.
Professor Freeman is the third academic from ANU to win the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science since its introduction in 2000. Best known for his discovery of dark matter in the Universe, he has spent almost 50 years shaping and changing our view of galaxies. He also founded one of the most exciting fields of study in astronomy today, galactic archaeology. Many of the leading astronomy projects being undertaken today are a result of his research.
Professor Freeman is also an outstanding teacher and mentor. Many aspiring astronomers have benefited from his expertise and enthusiasm.
The recognition afforded him by the awarding of this prestigious prize is richly deserved. Please join me in congratulating him.