3 October 2007

Australia’s top 10 young scientists

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Cosmos Magazine
Announcing the winners of the Cosmos Bright Sparks Awards, an annual tribute to the brightest young science minds Australia has to offer.

Australia's top 10 young scientists

The Bright Sparks Awards recognise outstanding achievement in young Australian scientists under the age of 40 and are awarded annually by Cosmos magazine.

Science isn’t just a career, it’s a way of changing the world. And this year’s winners are certainly doing that. From co-opting quantum phenomena to building a new generation of supercomputers, to creating an anti-malarial vaccine for pregnant women, these young researchers represent a truly inspiring collage of superior talent. Their labours, in each and every case, are will help remake the world of tomorrow.

Nominations were open to Australian scientists working anywhere in the world, or scientists (of any nationality) currently working in Australia. There were only two conditions: they had to be aged 40 or under by the closing date; and their work had to be truly outstanding.

Applications were reviewed by the stellar Cosmos Editorial Advisory Board (which includes Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin), with the winners selected by the editors of Cosmos based on the board’s recommendations.

The Cosmos Bright Sparks Awards are a way of highlighting the exceptional scientific talent Australia has to offer. More than any sportsman or celebrity, they are likely to change our lives. It’s only right to celebrate them! Thanks go to the Cosmos Editorial Advisory Board, and to the sponsor of the Bright Sparks Awards, Peugeot Australia, for their support.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! Click on the links below for the full story.

The 2007 Cosmos Bright Sparks Award winners are:

James Beeson: prevention & control of disease, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne.

Ben Eggleton: photonics and optical communications, University of Sydney.

Rachel Caruso: chemistry & solar energy, University of Melbourne.

Alex Hamilton: semiconductor nanoelectronics, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Barry Brook: ecology & climate change, University of Adelaide.

Christopher Barner-Kowollik: Polymer chemistry, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Andrew Harris: sustainable technologies, University of Sydney.

Arthur Christopoulos: pharmacology, Monash University, Melbourne.

Stuart Batten: chemistry & crystals, Monash University, Melbourne.

Geoff Isbister: pharmacology, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin

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