Graham Farquhar awarded 2016 Macfarlane Burnet Medal

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The Australian Academy of Science announced that Professor Graham Farquhar is to receive their most prestigious award for biological science. The Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture recognises scientific research of the highest standing in the biological sciences. It commemorates the contributions to science by Sir Macfarlane Burnet, OM, KBE, MD, FAA, FRS, Nobel Laureate. Graham is the third member of RSB(S) to receive this award, following Bob Robertson (1975) and Jenny Graves (2006).

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.  He joined ANU as a research fellow in the Research School of Biological Sciences in 1976. 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.

See the Australian article on the award “Macfarlane Burnet Medal winner Graham Farquhar ’did it for farming’