Dr Graham Farquhar
Senior Australian Citizen of the Year 2018
Through the development and testing of process-based models of photosynthesis, enabling the prediction of the environmental responses of carbon dioxide exchange between vegetation and the atmosphere, Dr Graham Farquhar has made major contributions to the science of global environmental change.
Dr Graham Farquhar AO, FAA, FRS, NAS has undertaken and led research across a broad range of fields and scales, including the integration of photosynthesis with nitrogen and water use of plants, stomatal physiology, isotopic composition of plants and global change. He received his BSc and PhD from The Australian National University in 1968 and 1973 respectively. He has been Distinguished Professor at The Australian National University since 2003.
During his career, Dr Farquhar has developed and tested process-based models of photosynthesis, enabling the prediction of the environmental responses of carbon dioxide exchange between vegetation and the atmosphere, as well as models for the fractionation of the stable isotopes of carbon and oxygen during photosynthesis and transpiration. Doing so, he has made major contributions to the advancement of environmental and climate change sciences. In addition, he has carried out research to improve food security worldwide, through the development of drought-resistant strains of wheat, allowing efficient water use.
Dr Farquhar has also contributed to the development of science-based policies, for example as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and also as a scientific advisor and an Australian representative to the Kyoto Protocol negotiations.
He is a Fellow of The Australian Academy of Science and of the Royal Society and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. He has over 300 research publications and is a leading Australian Citation Laureate. He has received many awards for his research, including the Order of Australia Officer (2013), the Rank Prize for Nutrition (shared, 2014) and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science (2015). He was named 2018 Senior Australian of the Year for his contributions to world food security.
Dr Farquhar will be guest speaker at the IFA-AFG conference dinner.