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
Barry MarshallBarry Marshall
30 September 1951
Australian physician

Howard FloreyHoward Florey
24 September 1898
Pathologist and Pharmacologist

Douglas MawsonDouglas Mawson
05 May 1882
Explorer, Geologist

Elizabeth BlackburnElizabeth Blackburn
26 November 1948
American-Australian researcher

Sir John Carew EcclesSir John Eccles
27 January 1903
Mark OliphantMark Oliphant
08 October 1901

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

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

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

David KarolyDavid Karoly
12 July 1955
Australian scientist
Akshay VenkateshAkshay Venkatesh
21 November 1981
Mathematician, University teacher

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

Rodney BrooksRodney Brooks
30 December 1954

Brian SchmidtBrian Schmidt
24 February 1967
Bill MollisonBill Mollison
04 May 1928
scientist, naturalist, psychologist

John EcclesJohn Eccles
27 January 1903
Hubert WilkinsHubert Wilkins
31 October 1888

Ian PlimerIan Plimer
12 February 1946

Andrew TridgellAndrew Tridgell
28 February 1967
Engineer, Programmer, Computer scientist
Derek AbbottDerek Abbott
03 May 1960

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

Edwin Ernest SalpeterEdwin Ernest Salpeter
03 December 1924

William FarrerWilliam Farrer
03 April 1845
Ken FreemanKen Freeman
27 August 1940

Continue Reading Below
John Gatenby BoltonJohn Gatenby Bolton
05 June 1922
Richard DalitzRichard Dalitz
28 February 1925

Phillip LawPhillip Law
21 April 1912

Geoffrey H. BourneGeoffrey H. Bourne
17 November 1909

Ralph SlatyerRalph Slatyer
16 April 1929
Eric BurhopEric Burhop
31 January 1911
Ross H. McKenzieRoss H. McKenzie
15 December 1960

Arthur Robert HoggArthur Robert Hogg
25 November 1903

Martin DougiamasMartin Dougiamas
20 August 1969

Surrey JacobsSurrey Jacobs
29 April 1946