Thinker of Year says ‘science is a detective story’ …

Last night the Australian Thinker of the Year 2007 was awarded to Professor Jenny Graves in recognition of her world class innovations in comparative genomics and her research into the function and evolution of human genes, particularly those genes responsible for determining a baby’s sex.

Professor Graves of The Australian National University and Melbourne University has also provided leadership and encouragement both nationally and globally for teaching better science to children and for better opportunities for women in science.

Leaders from universities, from government, from the arts, sciences, industry and media attended a reception at the Melbourne Convention Centre’s de luxe Clarendon Room–Melbourne’s most ‘Melbourne’ room.

Michael Hewitt-Gleeson presented the annual award on behalf of the School of Thinking.

On receiving her award, Jenny said: “Science is not easy but it’s incredibly exciting. It’s a detective story and an adventure story”.


Professor Jenny Graves receives her award.


Leigh Harry CEO of MECC, Jenny and Michael.

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