The Australian Thinker of the Year 2011 Award will be presented to Professor Peter Singer in recognition of his exemplary contribution to bioethics in Australia and globally.
The 2011 Award will be hosted by the Crown Conference Centre in Melbourne.
Peter Singer is Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University in the USA and he is also the founder of the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University. He is an internationally recognised public academic and is considered to be Australia’s greatest living philosopher.
As well as being recognised as Australiaâ€™s greatest living philosopher, Peter is the author of the best selling The Life You Can Save; an eminently well-reasoned book that grapples with the fact that 9.7million children under five die each year from poverty. He also offers a way that the reader can do something about it.
Peter Singer first became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975.
Since then he has written many books in more than 20 languages.
Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He has taught at the Oxford, La Trobe, and Monash. Since 1999 he has been Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. Since 2005 he has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.
The 2011 award will be presented to Professor Singer at a private reception of Australian leaders in science, art, business, education and media on Thursday, March 31.
This unique award was created in 2005 by the School of Thinking (SOT) to recognise the contribution Australian thinkers make both nationally and globally. There is only one award each year.