Prime Minister’s Prize for Science


Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar AO has won Australia’s top science prize, in recognition of his work that transformed our understanding of the biological process that is the basis for life on earth: photosynthesis.

Graham's models of plant biophysics have been used to understand cells, whole plants, whole forests, and to create new water-efficient wheat varieties. His latest project will determine which trees will grow faster in a high carbon dioxide world.

Graham Farquhar said the award was recognition of the great work being done by teams of plant scientists at ANU.

“It’s a great honour for both me, and for my colleagues,” Graham said. “It is recognition of work I’ve been part of at ANU now on and off since about 1970.”