School of Thinking’s Thinker of the Year (2007), Professor Jenny Graves, has become the first woman to be awarded the nation’s most prestigious science award, having scooped the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, for her work in mammalian genomic research.
Six Australian scientists shared a prize pool of $700,000 after being recognised for their research in this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. Professor Graves won $250,000 in prize money, which she said will be used to further her research.
I plan to go even further away from humans. I started off with other mammals like marsupials and reptiles … now I’m seriously involved in work on some wonderful sex changing fish, so you never know, I might end up slipping down and looking at animals that don’t have back bones,” she said, I think we can trace the origins of our chromosomes way, way back in time. But that’s the way to do it and make comparisons across very different creatures.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that Prof Graves was a “role model for all the young women we want to encourage to pursue education and careers in STEM”.
On receiving her School of Thinking award in 2007, Professor Graves said,
“I applaud the School of Thinking for it’s teaching of scientific thinking and am very happy to receive this award. Science is very exciting. It’s not easy but it’s incredibly exciting. It really grabs you and it doesn’t let you go. It’s a detective story and it’s an adventure story and you never know what’s going to happen next.”