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Appointment strengthens ANSTO board expertise

18 August 2015

Industry and Science Minister Ian Macfarlane has welcomed the appointment of atomic physics researcher and academic Emeritus Professor Stephen Buckman AM to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) board.

“Professor Buckman’s skills, knowledge and expertise in nuclear science, and his extensive national and international networks will strengthen the ANSTO Board,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“His scientific credentials and expertise are highly relevant to ANSTO, particularly to the organisation’s high-tech nuclear medicine facility.”

Professor Buckman was the Director of the Research School of Physics and Engineering (RSPE) at the Australian National University for the last three years.

Prior roles included heading the RSPE’s Department of the Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories.

“Professor Buckman has direct knowledge of the workings of ANSTO after chairing a committee reviewing ANSTO LifeSciences twice during the past three years,” Mr Macfarlane said.

In 2014 Professor Buckman was awarded a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to science in the field of experimental atomic physics as a leading researcher, academic and author.

Professor Buckman holds fellowships with the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics UK and the Australian Institute of Physics. He has a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Atomic Physics, both from Flinders University.

“I congratulate Professor Buckman on his appointment to the ANSTO Board and look forward to his contribution as ANSTO furthers its work as an internationally recognised centre for nuclear science and technology research,” Mr Macfarlane said.

Professor Buckman has been appointed for five years. His biography is below.

For further information, visit http://www.ansto.gov.au/.

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