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Robert Clark

Professor Robert Clark AO FAA DistFRSN

Senior Fellow

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Robert Clark was formerly 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 ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology over it first decade. More recently, he was Chief Defence Scientist in the Australian Department of Defence, CEO of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and a member of Australia’s Defence Committee.

In that role, 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.

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 distinguished medal awards 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.