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Graham Farquhar

Professor Graham Farquhar was a co-leader of Research Program 4 which focusses on modelling and measurement of the scaling of photosynthesis from leaf to crop. His research focuses on integrating mechanistic models of leaf photosynthesis with commonly used crop growth models.

Graham had undertaken and led research across a broad range of fields and scales, from integration of photosynthesis with nitrogen and water use of plants, stomatal physiology, isotopic composition of plants and global change.

Graham was awarded a Bachelor of Science at the Australian National University in 1968 and a Bachelor of Science Honours in Biophysics from the University of Queensland in 1969. He obtained a PhD from ANU in 1973 and two Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Antwerpen in 2006 and the University of Wageningen in 2013.

Graham is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and of the Royal Society and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, and an Officer of the Order of Australia.

He is Australia’s most highly cited scientist, and he is internationally recognised for his research on the integration of photosynthesis and growth with nitrogen and water–use in plants, photosynthetic modelling, stomatal physiology, the use of stable isotopes in plant physiology, and his contributions to global change science.

In 2013, Graham and CSIRO Fellow Dr Richard Richards won a coveted international science prize for their ground-breaking research into more water efficient wheat. They received the 2014 UK-based Rank Prize in human and animal nutrition and crop husbandry.

Graham was part of the Centre from 2014 to 2021