Bear thinks she is a very special person. This is her acceptance speech which we all should listen to …
“Quantum physicist Professor Michelle Yvonne Simmons, whose work has been heralded as launching Australia into “the space race of the computing era”, has been named this year’s Australian of the Year.
Eddie Woo (Australia’s Local Hero), Samantha Kerr (Young Australian of the Year) and Dr Graham Farquhar AO (Senior Australian of the Year) were also honoured at a ceremony in Canberra tonight.
Since arriving in Australia from Britain in 1999, Professor Simmons’ work at the University of NSW quantum physics department has helped develop leading technology on a global scale.
Five years ago, Professor Simmons and her team developed the world’s first transistor made from a single atom, as well as the world’s thinnest wire.
Now she is looking to build a quantum computer capable of solving problems in minutes, which would otherwise take thousands of years.”
Please visit ABC Australia for the article on the other awards.
Bear thinks Australia is an amazing place where for a small country we have so many world leaders in their field.