ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt

IN a shock announcement, Prof Brian Schmidt, ANU Vice-Chancellor of eight years, has introduced his departure from the position on the finish of this yr.

Schmidt, 55, mentioned he was wanting ahead to welcoming a brand new vice-chancellor to campus when he returns to his “second residence”, Mount Stromlo “to proceed my analysis and educating as an ANU professor of astronomy”.

He was beforehand a Distinguished Professor, Australian Analysis Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist on the College’s Mount Stromlo Observatory and Analysis Faculty of Astronomy and Astrophysics. In 2011 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for offering proof that the growth of the universe is accelerating, making him the one Montana-born Nobel laureate.

“I really like ANU, I’m pleased with the work I’ve executed and I’m excited to spend 2023 working with our neighborhood to realize our shared objectives,” he mentioned.

“I stay as dedicated to my position and main Australia’s nationwide college because the day I first began, and we now have a lot to do within the yr forward.”

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Ian Meikle, editor