Curtin University of Technology’s Professor Igor Bray has been shortlisted for the most prestigious award for scientists in Western Australia.
Professor Bray, Director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics and an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, is one of only three WA scientists named as finalists of the $50,000 WA Science Awards, Scientist of the Year.
He said he was privileged to be shortlisted.
“It is an honour and whether or not we win, my team and I are grateful to be acknowledged,” he said.
Professor Bray has been nominated for his groundbreaking research in the field of quantum mechanics, specifically in the area of atomic collision theory.
His team solved a number of problems, including an 80-year puzzle concerning the behaviour of colliding particles.
The WA Science Awards recognise the outstanding and groundbreaking achievements of WA’s scientists, researchers, science teachers and facilitators of science outreach programs. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 2.