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Curtin professor elected Fellow of Australian Academy of Science

Media release

Curtin University John Curtin Distinguished Professor Julian Gale is one of 21 new Fellows elected to the Australian Academy of Science.

Each Fellow is recognised for their outstanding contribution to science and scientific research.

Theoretical chemist, Professor Gale from Curtin’s Department of Chemistry, uses computer models to explore the properties of chemicals at the atomic level. This assists with understanding mineral formation, catalysis, the development of pharmaceuticals and many other important processes relevant to both nature and industry.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said she was delighted that Professor Gale had been recognised by such a prestigious organisation.

“Professor Gale has an outstanding international reputation, and is regarded as a remarkably versatile scientist as his work crosses the fields of chemistry, geochemistry and theoretical physics,” Professor Terry said.

“I congratulate Professor Gale on being elected a Fellow and look forward to future developments in the important area of computational chemistry.”

Professor Gale said he was delighted to be named a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and thanked Curtin for supporting his research.

“The most important thing about being made a Fellow is recognising the achievements of the whole computational chemistry group at Curtin,” Professor Gale said.

“Curtin has been incredibly supportive of my research, which combined with the creation of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, has made Western Australia the ideal place to work in my field.”

Election to the Academy celebrates excellence and recognises contributions to science of the highest order.

Professor Gale was admitted to the Academy in a formal ceremony in Canberra last night.