Professor Robert Clark AO FAA DistFRSN
Robert Clark was formerly Chief Defence Scientist (CDS) in the Australian Department of Defence, CEO of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and a member of Australia’s Defence Committee.
In his early career he was an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, a Lecturer and Fellow of The Queen’s College at the University of Oxford, and Scientia Professor and Chair Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of New South Wales.
As an Australian Government Federation Fellow, he was the founding Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology over its first decade.
In his CDS role, that took him to Afghanistan on several operationally-focused visits associated with force protection, he was the Australian Principal of The Technical Cooperation Program between Australia, the US, the UK, Canada and New Zealand and a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and strategic advisor to Swinburne University of Technology.
He has been privileged to receive a number of awards and honours, that include the Australian Museum CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science, the Australian Centenary Medal, the Australian Defence Medal, the United States of America Secretary of Defence Medal and two medal awards for distinguished service from US government agencies, and is an Officer in the Order of Australia.
He has an interest in running and has in recent times completed the New York City, Berlin, Paris and Tokyo marathons.