Fellows of the Royal Society of NSW (B)

On this page are listed brief biographies of the following Fellows.
The recorded year references the date on which the Fellow joined the Society,
while the suffixed entry displays the Branch with which the Fellow is associated.

  • Ian Bailey, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • Eileen Baldry, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
  • John Ballard, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • Bernard Balleine, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
  • Richard Banati, Fellow (2011) : Sydney
  • Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • Stephen Bartlett, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
  • Noel Barton, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
  • Alison Bashford, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • The Honourable Chief Justice Thomas Bathurst, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Graham Bell, Fellow (2012) : Sydney
  • Katherine Belov, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Chris Bertram, Fellow (2013) : Sydney
  • Ragbir Bhathal, Fellow (2015) : Sydney
  • Marcela Bilek, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • Trevor Bird, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Lewis Bizo, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
  • David Black, Fellow (1983) : Sydney
  • John Blackburn, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Cecelia Blackwell, Fellow (2015) : Hunter
  • Andrew Blakers, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
  • John Blaxland, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • Philip Bolton, Fellow (2021) : Hunter
  • Thomas Borody, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Lindsay Botten, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • John Boulton, Fellow (2020) : Hunter
  • Brett Bowden, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • Carolyn Bowen, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • David Branagan, Fellow (1967) : Sydney
  • Sean Brawley, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • Barbara Briggs, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
  • Jillian Broadbent, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Alan Broadfoot, Fellow (2017) : Hunter
  • Attila Brungs, Fellow (2014) : Sydney
  • Jennifer Buchan, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • Jennifer Buckingham, Fellow (2021) : Hunter
  • Ken Buckle, Fellow (2014) : Sydney
  • Robert Burford, Fellow (2014) : Sydney
  • Leslie Burnett, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
  • Michael Burton, Fellow (2011) : Overseas
  • Rear Admiral (Retd) John Butler, Fellow (2018) : Overseas
  • Herma Buttner, Fellow (2011) : Sydney
  • Roger Byard, Fellow (2021) : Interstate
  • Neil Byron, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • Ian Bailey, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    AM FRSN SC BArch (Newcastle) DipLaw (LPAB)
    Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator, Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers

    Ian Bailey is a leading construction law and dispute resolution practitioner and academic.

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    Eileen Baldry, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
    AO FRSN BA DipEd DipTEFL (Syd) MWP PhD (UNSW)
    Professor of Criminology and Deputy Vice Chancellor Inclusion and Diversity, Chancellery, UNSW (Sydney)

    Eileen Baldry has contibuted significantly to scholarly knowledge and theory in the field of criminology using innovative research methods including data linkage employing quantitative and qualitative analyses.She is sought as a commentator and public speaker on criminological matters espcially on prisons and vulnerable poeple.

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    John Ballard, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) (ANU) MSc DIC (ICL) PhD (Qld)
    Professor of Evolutionary Genomics, Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, La Trobe University

    Bill Ballard initiated dingo genomics in Australia and has provided a pathway to unravelling the evolutionary history of the continent's apex predator through study of the mitochondrial genome.

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    Bernard Balleine, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
    FRSN BA (Hons) (Sydney) PhD (Cantab) FAPA
    Scientia Professor, School of Psychology, UNSW (Sydney)

    Bernard Balleine is a behavioural neuroscientist whose systematic enquiry into learning and motivational processes involved in motor control has revealed that dual, anatomically distinct, brain circuits encode volitional actions and habits.

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    Richard Banati, Fellow (2011) : Sydney
    FRSN PhD
    Biomedical Scientist, ANSTO

    Richard Banati is an internationally recognised scientist with interdisciplinary research interests in the brain’s innate immune system and the development of advanced medical imaging for the detection of subtle of non-obvious brain pathology.

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    Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Syd) PhD (UNSW) FHGSA
    Associate Professor and Director, Master of Genetic Counselling, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

    Kristine Barlow-Stewart has developed and led the field of genetic counselling and testing policy in NSW and Australia including personal and preconception genetic screening, impacting inter alia on forms of cancer and psychiatric illness.

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    Stephen Bartlett, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Waterloo) MSc PhD (Toronto) FAPS FAIP
    Professor in Physics and Associate Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney

    Stephen Bartlett is a leading theoretical quantum physicist who leads a team pursuing both fundamental and applied research in quantum information theory, including the theory of quantum computing.

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    Noel Barton, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
    AM FRSN BSc (Hons) PhD (UWA) HonDUniv (QUT) FAustMS
    Chief Technology Officer, Capricorn Power

    Noel Barton is an applied mathematician, inventor, and technical founder of Capricorn Power. He has contributed significantly to the development of industrial and applied mathematics, worldwide.

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    Alison Bashford, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    FRSN BS (Syd) MA (Cantab) PhD (Syd) FAHA FBA FRHistS
    Research Professor of History, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW (Sydney)

    Alison Bashford is a leading scholar of global history, environmental history and the history of science. She has worked on subjects that include imperial medicine, gender history and the intellectual history of environmentalism in empire.

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    The Honourable Chief Justice Thomas Bathurst, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    AC QC FRSN LLB (Syd)
    Chief Justice of NSW
    Lieutenant Governor, Supreme Court of New South Wales

    A jurist of the greatest repute, Thomas Bathurst is the highest judicial officer of NSW as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW and Lieutenant-Governor.

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    Graham Bell, Fellow (2012) : Sydney
    FRSN BA (Hons) MA (Natal) PhD (LaTrobe)
    Managing Director, E-Nose Pty Ltd

    Graham Bell is a scientist and entrepreneur who turns basic research into technology to serve economic and personal well being.

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    Katherine Belov, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    AO FRSN BSc (Hons) PhD (Macq)
    Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Sydney

    Katherine Belov is an expert on comparative genomics and immunogenetics of Australian native species. She is a senior academic and mentor and role model for women in science.

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    Chris Bertram, Fellow (2013) : Sydney
    FRSN BA (Hons) MA DPhil (Oxon) FIEAust CPEng
    Professorial Fellow, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney

    Chris Bertram is a noted researcher into the mechanics of unsteady flows in the body, experimentally and numerically, and has conducted the world's most extensive investigation of collapsible-tube flows.

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    Ragbir Bhathal, Fellow (2015) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Singapore) PhD (Qld) FRAS
    Distinguished Teaching Fellow, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University

    Ragbir Bhathal is recognised for his contributions in astronomy research and his authorship of books in natural history. He is a former President of the Royal Society of NSW.

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    Marcela Bilek, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) (Syd) MBA (Rochester IT) PhD (Cantab) FAPS FIEEE
    Professor of Applied Physics, and Surface Engineering, School of Physics, University of Sydney

    Marcela Bilek has made major contributions to the science, engineering and application of plasma processes for materials modification and synthesis.

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    Trevor Bird, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Melb) MAppSc (RMIT) PhD (Melb) FTSE FIEE FIEAust
    Distinguished Visiting Professor, Global Big Data Technology Centre, University of Technology Sydney

    Trevor Bird developed techniques for designing shaped-beam satellite antennas, designed multi-beam antennas for radio-telescopes and earth stations, and pioneered indoor wireless antennas and propagation studies for the CSIRO LAN patent.

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    Lewis Bizo, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc GradDipSc PhD (Otago) FSQAB
    Professor and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

    Lewis Bizo is internationally known for applying quantitative analysis and mathematical modelling in studies of factors that control human and animal behaviour and focuses on species-specific characteristics and different natural and applied contexts.

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    David Black, Fellow (1983) : Sydney
    AO FRSN MSc (Sydney) PhD (Cambridge) AMusA FAA
    Emeritus Professor of Organic Chemistry, School of Chemistry, UNSW (Sydney)

    David Black is recognised internationally as one of the world's leading heterocyclic chemists, having made major contributions in heterocyclic chemistry, coordination chemistry, and natural products.

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    John Blackburn, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    AO FRSN MA (La Trobe) MDefStudies (UNE)
    Air Vice-Marshal (Retired), Defence and National Security Consultant, and Principal, John Blackburn Consulting Services Pty Ltd

    John Blackburn has given Australia distinguished service as Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force and Commander of the Integrated Area Defence System.

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    Cecelia Blackwell, Fellow (2015) : Hunter
    FRSN BSc (Louisiana) PhD (Stanford) DSc (Edinburgh) FRCPath
    Conjoint Professor of Immunology and Microbiology, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of Newcastle

    Caroline Blackwell is internationally respected for her work in understanding the genetic, environmental and developmental factors determining susceptibility to infectious disease and related conditions.

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    Andrew Blakers, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (ANU) PhD (UNSW) FTSE FAIP FAIE LMAAHF
    Professor, Research School of Engineeering, Australian National University

    Andrew Blakers is internationally known in the field of renewable energy, both in solar cell technology, where he is the lead inventor of PERC technology, and in 100% renewable energy futures.

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    John Blaxland, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    FRSN BA (Hons) (UNSW) MA (ANU) PhD (RMC Canada) PSC (RT)
    Professor and Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University

    After serving the Australia as an Army Colonel, Professor Blaxland is now one of the nation's foremost authorities in military history.

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    Philip Bolton, Fellow (2021) : Hunter
    FRSN BSc (UNE) DC (Palmer) MClinEpid (Newcastle) PhD (UNSW)
    Honorary Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences
    Pharmacy, University of Newcastle

    Philip Bolton has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the influence the head and neck musculoskeletal system has on health, particularly its interactions with the vestibular and autonomic nervous systems.

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    Thomas Borody, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    FRSN MBBS (Hons) MD PhD DSc
    Gastronenterologist, Medical Director and Research Director, Centre for Digestive Diseases

    Thomas Borody is a world leader in research and clinical practice of microbiota in gastrointestinal health, pioneering novel therapies for stomach ulcers and fecal microbial transplants for bacteria-related gastric diseases.

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    Lindsay Botten, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) PhD (Tas.) FOSA FAIP FAustMS
    Emeritus Professor, College of Science, ANU
    Emeritus Professor in Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney

    Lindsay Botten has made leading research contributions in advancing the physical and mathematical understanding of the optics of periodic and complex media and led the development of high-performance research computing and data services in NSW and Australia for two decades.

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    John Boulton, Fellow (2020) : Hunter
    AM FRSN BSc (Hons) MB ChB MD (Edinburgh) MMedHum (Sydney) FRACP
    Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

    John Boulton has delivered integrated multidisciplinary education and healthcare services for paediatrics at a high level. He has contributed to the healthcare and gaps in wellbeing for Australian Aboriginal children.

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    Brett Bowden, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    FRSN BIntStud (Hons) (Flinders) PhD (ANU) FRHS
    Professor of History and Politics and Director of Research, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University

    Brett Bowden is an internationally renowned scholar working in the fields of international history and the history of ideas. He is a multi-award-winning author and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK).

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    Carolyn Bowen, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    AM FRSN BA (Syd.)
    Board Director/ Author, Plain English Communications

    Carolyn Bowen has contributed greatly to Australian music, especially through Chairing the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and by advising Government on music policy.

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    David Branagan, Fellow (1967) : Sydney
    FRSN MSc PhD (Syd) FGS HonMGAus DSc (Hon) (Syd)
    Retired Geologist and Geophysicist, University

    David Branagan is amongst Australia's foremost geologists with an international reputation in the history of geology and geologists in Australasia, a field in which he has made outstanding and original contributions for over fifty years.

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    Sean Brawley, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    FRSN BA (Hons) PhD GradCert (Higher Ed) (UNSW)
    Professor of Modern History and Pro Vice Chancellor (Programs and Pathways), Macquarie University

    As a scholar, teacher and university leader, Sean Brawley has made substantive national and international contributions to the discipline of History and the pedagogy and administration of Higher Education.

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    Barbara Briggs, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
    AM FRSN BSc PhD (University of Sydney)
    Honorary Research Associate, Botanic Gardens Trust, National Herbarium of NSW

    Dr Briggs is a botanist with significant research contributions on the evolution and systematics of Australia's flora.

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    Jillian Broadbent, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    AC FRSN BA (Syd) HonDLitt (WSU)
    Chancellor, University of Wollongong
    Non-Executive Director, Macquarie Group Limited

    Jillian Broadbent is a business woman and university chancellor of exceptional repute. She is a keen supporter of the Arts through membership of boards of major companies and venues.

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    Alan Broadfoot, Fellow (2017) : Hunter
    FRSN BE (Hons) ME PhD (Newcastle) FIEAust MIEEE GAICD
    Professor and Executive Director, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), University of Newcastle

    Alan Broadfoot's achievements in engineering have been recognised for leading edge technology and innovations in the mining industry.

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    Attila Brungs, Fellow (2014) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) (UNSW) PhD (Oxon) FTSE
    Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney

    After receiving the University Medal in Industrial Chemistry as an undergraduate, becoming a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and obtaining a PhD in inorganic chemistry, Professor Brungs is a distinguished academic in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and a dynamic leader in the University sector. 

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    Jennifer Buchan, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    FRSN LLB (Otago) LLM (Melb) PhD (QUT)
    Professor of Taxation and Business Law, UNSW Business School, UNSW (Sydney)

    Jenny Buchan is a nationally and internationally recognised leader in research, policy and teaching franchise law. Her submissions to government have contributed to legislative changes.

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    Jennifer Buckingham, Fellow (2021) : Hunter
    FRSN BSc (Hons) (Newcastle) PhD (Macquarie)
    Director, Five from Five, Centre for Indept Studies
    Director, Strategy and Senior Research Fellow, Multilit

    Jennifer Buckingham is a leading academic researcher in the science of reading instruction and an influential voice in shaping education policy at State and Federal levels.

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    Ken Buckle, Fellow (2014) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) PhD (UNSW) FTSE FIAFoST FAIFST
    Emeritus Professor, Food Science and Technology Group, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW (Sydney)

    Ken Buckle is recognised for an outstanding contribution to promoting food safety through research and teaching over a forty year period,

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    Robert Burford, Fellow (2014) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) PhD (Adelaide) FRACI FIEAust FIChemE FAPRI
    Emeritus Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW (Sydney)

    Robert Burford has demonstrated leadership in the tertiary sector and in industry through senior posts in universities, in the CRC for Polymers, and at ANSTO and AINSE.

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    Leslie Burnett, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Med) MB BS MSc (Bioinf) PhD (Syd.) DBA (SCU)
    Principal Medical Geneticist, Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

    Leslie Burnett is a clinical pathologist specialising in genetic pathology, chemical pathology, and bioinformatics. He pioneered the development and introduction of many pathology and genetics initiatives that are now mainstream pathology and healthcare programs.

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    Michael Burton, Fellow (2011) : Overseas
    FRSN BA MA MMaths PhD
    Director, Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

    Michael Burton is an internationally recognised astrophysicist whose research focuses on star formation and the excitation of the interstellar medium in which this occurs.

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    Rear Admiral (Retd) John Butler, Fellow (2018) : Overseas
    CBE DSM FRSN BSc (Austin) MS (US Navy)
    Rear Admiral (Retd) and Principal, JD Butler Consulting LLC

    John Butler has provided distinguished service to Australia's armed services, particularly through his establishing and contributing to international naval programs with the USA, UK, and NATO.

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    Herma Buttner, Fellow (2011) : Sydney
    FRSN Diplom Dr.rer.nat (Heidleberg)
    Senior Advisor, ANSTO

    Herma Buttner has made active contributions to science and strategy in the international neutron-scattering community, facilitating new partnerships between universities, research institutes, government and funding bodies, at national and international levels.

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    Roger Byard, Fellow (2021) : Interstate
    AO PSM FRSN BMedSc MBBS MMedSci (Paed) PhD MD DSc FAHMS FCAP FRCPC FRCPath FRCPA FFFLM FFSc
    Senior Specialists Forensic Pathologist, Forensic Science, SA
    Marks Chair of Pathology, School of Anatomy and Pathology, University of Adelaide

    Roger Byard is a leader in the field of academic forensic pathology. His work has had considerable national and international impact for over three decades.

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    Neil Byron, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc(Hons) (ANU) MA(Econ) PhD (UBC) FAICD
    Adjunct Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology, University of Canberra

    Neil Byron has provided independent, highly credible and practical policy advice on natural resources, forestry, agriculture, fisheries, biodiversity, and water resources, including 12 years as a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission.

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