The Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture is awarded by The Australian Academy of Science every second year. It is awarded in recognition of research of the highest standing in the biological sciences, and commemorates the contributions to science by Sir Macfarlane Burnet OM KBE FAA FRS Nobel Laureate.
Citation: Professor Graham Farquhar is an outstanding plant scientist whose innovative work has had far reaching impact on our understanding of plant function in a changing world. Combining mathematical rigour and biological insight, his highly cited research has been applied at vastly different scales, from how plants partition their resources between water use and photosynthesis to global interactions between vegetation and the atmosphere. His work has enabled development of crop varieties that are better equipped to cope with changing environmental conditions, particularly those associated with drought.