International Recognition For An Australian Researcher

Tuesday, 15 August, 2000

Professor Frank Fenner, FAA, of the Australian National University has been awarded The Albert Einstein World Award of Science. This annual award is made to scientific researchers who have outstandingly contributed to public benefit. Only one award is made, and scientists from all fields of research and all countries are eligible.

Frank Fenner is a researcher of animal virology and has led a successful campaign to eradicate smallpox throughout the world. Largely for that work, he was also awarded the prestigious international Japan Prize in 1988.

Other research work includes Professor Fenner's contribution to controlling the rabbit plague through the use of the myxoma virus, and his leadership of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies.

At 85 years of age, Frank Fenner continues to make contributions to Australian life. He is a major benefactor, establishing new projects through his personal generosity. He has also written, and continues to write, major works on the history of science.

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