Awards for Two Professors From the School of Physics
Presentation of Federation Fellowship to Professor Robert Clark by Prime Minister John Howard.
In September 2001, Professor Robert Clark, the Director for the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology, was awarded an Australian Government Federation Fellowship. The Federation Fellowships, inaugurated this year, are the most prestigious and richest publicly funded research fellowships ever offered in Australia. They are awarded on the advice of the Australian Research Council. Only fifteen of these were awarded.

Professor Clark’s award recognises his groundbreaking work in the development of a silicon quantum computer. The attempt to be the first in the world to demonstrate the feasibility of a scalable, solid state quantum computer through a working few-qubit prototype is at the forefront of world science today and through Professor Clark’s work, Australia is a significant player.


Professor Warrick Couch receiving his citation award from Mr Adam Clein, Vice-President of ISI, Asia-Pacific region

Professor Warrick Couch, from the Department of Astrophysics, was recognised by the USA-based Institute for Scientific Information in April 2001. He was one of 33 Australian scientists who received awards at the inaugural “Honouring Excellence in Australian Research” for producing research papers which are the most frequently cited by the international scientific community.

Professor Couch’s string of heavily-cited papers goes back to the early 1990’s, when he and co-authors were the first to analyse data from the Hubble Space Telescope and show that galaxies in giant clusters have undergone dramatic evolution over the past five to eight billion years. This work was influential as it was the first done with the Hubble in this field.


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