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Lifelong achievements recognised by national academy

Professor Matt King was recognised for his lifelong achievements at an Australian Academy of Science’s gala function in Canberra last week.

Professor King ,from the University of Tasmania's School of Technology, Environments and Design, was awarded the Mawson Medal and Lecture, joining other recipients at the Academy’s Science at the Shine Dome event.

The awards were announced late last year, with recipients celebrated for their lifelong achievements and outstanding contributions to the advancement of science.

The Mawson Medal and Lecture recognises Professor King’s career achievements and contributions to earth science in Australia.

Professor King’s work has helped reveal the dynamic nature of the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica and how they contribute to sea-level change.

Using satellites, Professor King and colleagues can now observe an increasing contribution of melting ice to sea-level change.

The changes are so large that researchers see the Earth changing shape even as the ice melts, giving scientists new clues as to the properties of the Earth hundreds of kilometres beneath the ice.

Professor David Cooke, from the University of Tasmania’s ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits, was also among the award recipients announced last year.

Professor Cooke was awarded the Haddon Forrester King Medal and Lecture, and will be presented with his medal at a special function later this year.

His investigations into the geological processes that produce copper-gold deposits, as a result of fluids released from magma deep within the Earth’s crust, have transformed the geochemical exploration techniques used by mining and resource companies around the world.

Professor Cooke has also mentored a large number of PhD students, many of whom have gone on to fill important geoscience roles in major mineral exploration companies worldwide.

The two University of Tasmania researchers are among 18 recipients, across early career, mid-career and career honorific awards announced by the Academy.

For more details about the awards and recipients visit

Published on: 28 May 2018 11:22am