Think Thomas Alva Edison, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, and Sir Isaac Newton are the only superstars of science the world has ever produced? If yes, think again. Over the years, the world has produced a slew of curious men and women, who by virtue of their inquisitiveness and insatiable hunger for truth and knowledge has led the world to some trailblazing advancement that altered the way we think and operate today. Such an enlightened lot of people, whom the world reveres as scientists, have altered the course of human history with their groundbreaking inventions and discoveries. While nations like United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden rules the roost when it comes to producing the highest number of scientists, country like Australia with relatively small population hasn’t done too badly for itself, making a remarkable number of important inventions in the last 200 years. Not to forget, down south has given the world extraordinary scientists and inventors like Elizabeth Blackwell, Dorothy Hill, Graeme Clark, Frank Fenner and more. Read the biographies to learn all about the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to the lives of some of the most famous Australian scientists.
Terence TaoTerence Tao
17 July 1975
Mathematician
Douglas MawsonDouglas Mawson
05 May 1882
Explorer, Geologist

Barry MarshallBarry Marshall
30 September 1951
Australian physician

Howard FloreyHoward Florey
24 September 1898
Pathologist and Pharmacologist

Peter C. DohertyPeter C. Doherty
 
Scientist, Nobel Prize Winner

Elizabeth BlackburnElizabeth Blackburn
26 November 1948
American-Australian researcher
Mark OliphantMark Oliphant
08 October 1901
Physicist

Ian FrazerIan Frazer
06 January 1953
Australian scientist

Robin WarrenRobin Warren
11 June 1937
Australian pathologist
John CornforthJohn Cornforth
07 September 1917
Nobel Prize Winner Chemist

Frank FennerFrank Fenner
21 December 1914
Played a vital role in eradication of smallpox
Ferdinand von MuellerFerdinand von Mueller
30 June 1825
Botanist and Geographer

Gustav NossalGustav Nossal
04 June 1931
Immunologist

Frank Macfarlane BurnetFrank Macfarlane Burnet
03 September 1899
Virologist & Noble Prize Laureate

David KarolyDavid Karoly
12 July 1955
Australian scientist

Sir John Carew EcclesSir John Eccles
27 January 1903
Neurophysiologist
Akshay VenkateshAkshay Venkatesh
21 November 1981
Mathematician, University teacher

Brian SchmidtBrian Schmidt
24 February 1967
Vice-Chancellor

Tim FlanneryTim Flannery
28 January 1956
Biologist, Paleontologist, Zoologist,

Bill MollisonBill Mollison
04 May 1928
scientist, naturalist, psychologist
Rodney BrooksRodney Brooks
30 December 1954
Roboticist

Andrew TridgellAndrew Tridgell
28 February 1967
Engineer, Programmer, Computer scientist
Hubert WilkinsHubert Wilkins
31 October 1888
Explorer

Ian PlimerIan Plimer
12 February 1946
Geologist

Edgeworth DavidEdgeworth David
28 January 1858
Geologist
Walter Baldwin SpencerWalter Baldwin Spencer
23 June 1860
Anthropologist

William FarrerWilliam Farrer
03 April 1845
Agronomist
Edwin Ernest SalpeterEdwin Ernest Salpeter
03 December 1924
Astrophysicist

John Gatenby BoltonJohn Gatenby Bolton
05 June 1922
Astronomer

Richard DalitzRichard Dalitz
28 February 1925
Physicist
Eric BurhopEric Burhop
31 January 1911
Physicist

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Phillip LawPhillip Law
21 April 1912
Scientist
Geoffrey H. BourneGeoffrey H. Bourne
17 November 1909
Anatomist

Ralph SlatyerRalph Slatyer
16 April 1929
Ecologist

John EcclesJohn Eccles
27 January 1903
Neurophysiologist

Ken FreemanKen Freeman
27 August 1940
Astronomer