ANU’s acting VC Lawrence Cram has announced that Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt and Professor Hugh O’Neill, Associate Director of the Research School of Earth Sciences have received the rare honour of election to the Royal Society:
Professor Cram said: “Election to the Royal Society is the gold standard in the sciences and a testament to Hugh and Brian as well as to the dedicated and talented teams they work with. The ANU community celebrates and wishes both men our warmest congratulations on this wonderful achievement.”
Professor Schmidt was elected for his part in the discovery that the Universe is expanding at an accelerated rate. This work was also recognised with a Nobel Prize last year.
The Society elected Professor O’Neill for his contribution to the field of geology. Professor O’Neill’s work includes research into the chemical composition of the Earth and how the Earth differs from other possible planetary compositions, the origin of the Earth-Moon system, and how melting in the Earth’s mantle relates to global tectonics and Earth history.
Professor O’Neill said he considered such recognition to be a reflection on everyone at the Research School of Earth Sciences.