TOP AWARD: Dr Graham Farquhar AO, Senior Australian of the Year 2018.
TOP AWARD: Dr Graham Farquhar AO, Senior Australian of the Year 2018.

Biophysicist Dr Graham Farquhar is Senior Australian 2018

THE man who is seeking to find the answers to food security and how the world will feed itself into the future, our most eminent scientist, Dr Graham Farquhar AO, is Senior Australian of the Year 2018.

Dr Farquhar, 70, is helping to reshape our understanding of photosynthesis - the very basis of life on Earth.

The Tasmanian-born scientist, is using his love of science to deliver practical benefits to the agricultural sector.

His study of mathematics and physics has formed the basis of a career creating mathematical models of how plants work.

Graham's research addresses agriculture and climate change and aims to solve some of the greatest challenges of our generation.

He has received a string of accolades during his distinguished career for his research examining how water efficient crops can protect food security in a changing climate. Importantly, he has worked to improve world food security by developing strains of wheat that can grow with less water.

In 2017 Graham became the first Australian to win a Kyoto Prize - the most prestigious international award for fields not traditionally honoured with a Nobel Prize.

Now based at the Australian National University in Canberra, Graham is tackling some of the most profound challenges facing humanity and the environment.

Other 2018 Australian of the Year award winners are - Australian of the Year, quantum physics Professor Michelle Simmons; Local Hero, maths teacher Eddie Woo; and Young Australian of the Year, soccer player Samantha Kerr.

National Australia Day Council Chair, Danielle Roche OAM, congratulated the award recipients.

"Michelle, Eddie, Graham and Samantha are inspirational Australians whose contributions are making our wonderful nation a better place and making a real difference to the lives of others," Ms Roche said.

"They are breaking down barriers, forging new futures, looking at old problems in different ways and creating new pathways.

"They are a truly extraordinary group of people, and through their success, they remind us we all have something to contribute."

To find out the list of previous winners, go to Australian of the Year


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