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Distinguished Curtin researcher named Academy Fellow

Media release

Curtin University congratulates John Curtin Distinguished Professor Kingsley Dixon on being named one of 25 new Fellows elected to the Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2020.

John Curtin Distinguished Professor Kingsley Dixon
John Curtin Distinguished Professor Kingsley Dixon

Professor Dixon, a distinguished Australian botanist from Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences and Foundation Director of Science at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, was announced as a  new Academy Fellow today.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Cordery congratulated Professor Dixon on being elected to the Academy for his outstanding and important work.

“Professor Dixon is a leading scientist and researcher who has dedicated his career to improving wildlife conversation, saving endangered native species, and restoring degraded natural ecosystems,” Professor Cordery said.

“As well as being a world-leading researcher, Professor Dixon is an effective science communicator and mentor to young researchers. Most recently, his expertise was highly sought after, nationally and globally, in the wake of the Australian bushfire disaster of 2019.

“Professor Dixon has played an instrumental role in conservation science, restoration ecology and plant science both in Australia and around the world and is a strong advocate for linking western and traditional science across many Indigenous communities from the top-end to the south coast, making him a most worthy recipient.”

Professor Dixon said he was honoured to be named in the list of 2020 Fellows by the Academy of Technology and Engineering.

“I am thrilled to be recognised alongside my fellow peers, each who have made significant contributions in their respective fields,” Professor Dixon said.

The holder of two patents, Professor Dixon developed and has led the successful Kings Park Science program for the past 32 years, building a group of over 50 scientists and graduate students. He was also named WA Scientist of the Year in 2016.

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering is a Learned Academy of independent experts helping Australians understand and use technology to solve complex problems.

For further information about the Academy Fellows, visit here.