Fellows of the Royal Society of NSW (S)

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.

  • Veena Sahajwalla, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Hargurdeep Saini, Fellow (2017) : Overseas
  • Timothy Schmidt, Fellow (2015) : Sydney
  • Nicholas Schofield, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • Peter Schouten, Fellow (2021) : Hunter
  • Mark Scott, Fellow (2015) : Sydney
  • Peter Scott, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • Rodney Scott, Fellow (2017) : Hunter
  • Major General Jeffrey Sengelman, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Wendy Sharpe, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Jason Sharples, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • The Honourable Justice Terence Sheahan, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • Richard Sheldrake, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
  • Peter Shergold, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
  • Geoffrey Sherington, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • William Sherwin, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • Steven Sherwood, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
  • John Shine, Fellow (2004) : Sydney
  • Jane Simpson, Fellow (2020) : Western NSW
  • Stephen Simpson, Fellow (2014) : Sydney
  • His Excellency, the Honourable Arthur Sinodinos, Fellow (2020) : Overseas
  • Christina Slade, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • Ian Sloan, Fellow (2013) : Sydney
  • Garry Smith, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
  • Lee Smith, Fellow (2018) : Hunter
  • Scott Smith, Fellow (2017) : Interstate
  • Allan Sparkes, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • Michael Spence, Fellow (2018) : Overseas
  • Georgina Spilsbury, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • Catherine Stampfl, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • Martina Stenzel, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
  • Catherine Stevens, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
  • Graeme Stewart, Fellow (2015) : Sydney
  • Mark Stewart, Fellow (2021) : Hunter
  • Rod Stowe, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • Leigh Sullivan, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • Noelle Sunstrom, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
  • Keith Suter, Fellow (2012) : Sydney
  • Rebecca Suter, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • Peter Swan, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Veena Sahajwalla, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    FRSN PhD (Michigan) FAA FTSE HonFIEAust
    Scientia Professor of Materials Science and and Director, Centre for Sustainable Matherials Research and Technology (SMART), UNSW (Sydney)

    Veena Sahajwalla is renowned for her innovation in green steel making process using waste tyres, and for green manufacturing-revolutionary Australia/Global waste economy and for her public communication of science and technology.

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    Hargurdeep Saini, Fellow (2017) : Overseas
    FRSN BSc (Hons) MSc (Hons) (Punjab) PhD (Adelaide)
    Vice-Chancellor and President, Dalhousie University, Canada

    Deep Saini was formerly a noted plant physiologist before taking on senior leadership roles in university administration in both Australia and Canada.

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    Timothy Schmidt, Fellow (2015) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) (Syd) PhD (Cantab)
    Professor of Chemistry (Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science), School of Chemistry, UNSW (Sydney)

    Timothy Schmidt is recognised for his seminal contributions to the spectroscopy of small molecules and the application molecular spectroscopy to photophysical processes, including molecular fragments in space, and the dynamics of reactions of molecules.

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    Nicholas Schofield, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) (York) DPhil (London)
    Chief Executive (and former Professor and Director, UNSW-Global Water Institute), Australian Water Partnership

    Nicholas Schofield has conducted world-leading research on the origin of the Earth, Moon and planets improving river health understanding and remediating salinisation, advancing mine site rehabilitation and silvicultural practices, contolling pesticides, improving irrigation efficiency, reducing eutrophication, advancing methodologies for research priority setting and evaluation.

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    Peter Schouten, Fellow (2021) : Hunter
    AM FRSN
    Artist, illustrator, and author

    Peter Schouten has had (and continues to have) an extraordinary educational and inspirational impact through his brilliant and voluminous artistic interpretation of Australia's globally unique prehistoric as well as living creatures

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    Mark Scott, Fellow (2015) : Sydney
    AO FRSN BA DipEd MA (Sydney) MPA (Harvard)
    Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney

    Mark Scott is a distinguished leader in business and public service, having served at the highest levels in media and broadcasting, and secondary and higher education.

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    Peter Scott, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    FRSN BA (Hons) (Warwick) PhD (Sheffield)
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students), University of Technology Sydney

    Peter Scott is a leading researcher in knowledge media and technology-enhanced learning.

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    Rodney Scott, Fellow (2017) : Hunter
    FRSN BSc(Hons) PhD (UWA) DSc FFSc (RCPA) FRCPath FHGSA
    Laureate Professor of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of Newcastle

    Rodney Scott, a human geneticist, has made a long-term contribution to the understanding of genetic factors linked especially to inherited predispositions to cancer and to other more common human diseases.

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    Major General Jeffrey Sengelman, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    AM DSC CSC LOM FRSN MA (Strat Studies) MA (Int Studies) (Harvard)
    Major General (Retd), Australian Army
    Executive Director, Jeff Sengelman Consulting Pty Ltd

    Jeffrey Sengelman has served Australian defence as a distinguished commander and leader in many theatres around the world including East Timor .

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    Wendy Sharpe, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    FRSN BA (Sydney) MA (UNSW)
    Australian Artist

    Wendy Sharpe is a renowned artist who has reflected to the nation the dedication of service men and women whilst also portraying the anguish of others less fortunate seeking to come to our shores.

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    Jason Sharples, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) (Newcastle) PhD (UC) FMSSANZ
    Professor of Bushfire Dynamics and Director of the UNSW Bushfire Research Group, School of Science, UNSW Canberra, UNSW (Canberra)

    Jason Sharples has made outstanding contributions to bushfire research, which have significantly improved our understanding of bushfire behaviour, bushfire-atmosphere interactions and extreme bushfire development.

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    The Honourable Justice Terence Sheahan, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    AO FRSN BA LLB (Sydney)
    Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales

    Terry Sheehan is a judge and a former Minister of the Crown. He is a renowned expert on environmental and planning law, an administrator of community environmental, health and professional institutions--a life dedicated to public service.��

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    Richard Sheldrake, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
    AM FRSN BScAgr MScAgr PhD FTSE FAICD FASM FAIM
    Former Director-General, NSW Department of Primary Industries

    Working in senior levels of the NSW Government for almost 20 years, Richard Sheldrake has led and influenced a diverse range of policy reforms which have impacted at both the State and national levels.

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    Peter Shergold, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
    AC FRSN BA (Hons) (Hull) MA (Illionois) PhD (London) FASSA FANZSOG FIPAA FAICD FAIM
    Chancellor, Western Sydney University

    Peter Shergold has been a distinguished leader of the Australian Public service and continues to be a committed contributor to civic life in NSW as a University Chancellor, public administrator, and board director.

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    Geoffrey Sherington, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    FRSN BA (Hons) MA (UNSW) PhD (McMaster)
    Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney

    Geoffrey Sherington is an historian, particularly of the history of schools and universities, also embracing the history of immigration.

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    William Sherwin, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) PhD (Melbourne) CertHEd (UNSW)
    Emeritus Professor, School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University of NSW

    Bill Sherwin forecasts and measures molecular biodiversity in endangered flora and fauna. He has devised new mathematical approaches based on information theory, which are now used widely.

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    Steven Sherwood, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (MIT) MSc (UCSD) PhD (UCSD, Scripps)
    Professor, ARC Laureate Fellow and Director, Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW (Sydney)

    Sherwood's work has advanced our understanding of the sensitivity of Earth's climate, the physics of clouds, and the impact of global warming on humans.

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    John Shine, Fellow (2004) : Sydney
    AC FRS FRSN BSc PhD (ANU) FAA
    President, Australian Academy of Science
    Former Director, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

    John Shine is a distinguished Australian biochemist and molecular biologist, recognised for his discovery of the Shine-Dalgarno nucleotide sequence that is necessary for the initiation and termination of protein synthesis.

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    Jane Simpson, Fellow (2020) : Western NSW
    FRSN BA (Hons) MA (ANU) PhD (MIT)
    Professor of Indigenous Languages and Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australian National University

    Jane Simpson is an academic linguist specialising in documenting, understanding and archiving indigenous languages of Australian languages syntax and semantics. She collaborates widely and her work has supported Aboriginal land claims.

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    Stephen Simpson, Fellow (2014) : Sydney
    AC FRS FRSN BSc (Qld) PhD (KCL) FAA
    Professor and Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney

    Professor Simpson is a distinguished scientist who works at the interface of physiology, ecology, and behaviour. As well as discovering the mechanisms that induce swarming in locusts, he has led the development of a novel class of state-space models for nutrition, cal

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    His Excellency, the Honourable Arthur Sinodinos, Fellow (2020) : Overseas
    AO FRSN BCom (Hons) DLitt (Newcastle)
    Ambassador to the United States of America, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government

    Arthur Sinodinos is a distinguished public servant, parliamentarian, Minister of the Crown, and now diplomat, including holding the Federal Science portfolio and most recently as Australian Ambassador to the USA.

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    Christina Slade, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    FRSN BA (Hons) PhD (ANU) DipEd (UNE) FRSA
    Emeritus Professor and former Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University
    Senior Policy Advisor, Charles Stuart University

    Christina Slade is an international academic leader in the impact of globalism on citizenship, media and education, with a focus on reasoning. As Vice Chancellor, she led Bath Spa University through a significant period of development.

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    Ian Sloan, Fellow (2013) : Sydney
    AO FRSN BSc BA (Hons) (Melb) MSc (Adelaide) PhD (London) FAA
    Emeritus Professor, School of Mathematics and Statitsics, University of NSW

    Ian Sloan is a distinguished mathematician and physicist, with special interests in computational mathematics. He has been a leader in Australian applied mathematics for many years and is a past President of the Royal Society of NSW.

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    Garry Smith, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc MPlan PhD
    Former Chair, Sustainable Remediation Forum of Australia and New Zealand

    Garry Smith has made a significant contribution to human health in Australia through leadership in risk management and standards applied to remediation of contaminated and hazardous sites including the Sydney Olympics and Barangaroo projects.

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    Lee Smith, Fellow (2018) : Hunter
    FRSN BSc (Hons) (Leicester) PhD (Warwick) FRSB
    Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology and Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Engineering, Science and Environment, University of Newcastle

    Lee Smith is a world-leading expert in in the androgen control of male fertility and health, and now is a distinguished university leader.

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    Scott Smith, Fellow (2017) : Interstate
    FRSN BE(Hons) PhD (UNSW) MBA DIC (Imperial) FIEAust FASCE FIIFC FHKIE
    Professor of Structural Engineering, School of Civil, Environmental, and Mining Engineering, The University of Adelaide

    Scott Smith is an internationally recognised and awarded engineer who is advancing rehabilitation techniques for civil infrastructure as an academic and researcher, via leadership roles in national and international organisations.

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    Allan Sparkes, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    CV OAM VA FRSN
    Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW

    Allan Sparkes works with Government and community to secure better mental health and wellbeing for NSW. He is the only New South Welshman to be awarded a Cross of Valour.

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    Michael Spence, Fellow (2018) : Overseas
    AC FRSN BA (Hons) LLB (Sydney) DPhil GradDipTheol (Oxon)
    President and Provost, University College London

    Michael Spence is a leading scholar in the field of intellectual property theory, and a university leader in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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    Georgina Spilsbury, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    FRSN MAPS FCCLP FCFP
    Chief Psychologist, Corrective Services NSW, NSW Communities
    Justice

    Georgina Spilsbury has contributed significantly to the areas of clinical and forensic psychology for more than 40 years in both research and public service management.

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    Catherine Stampfl, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) PhD (La Trobe) Habilitation (TU Berlin) GradCertEdStud (Syd.) FAA
    Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, School of Physics

    Catherine Stampfl is a theoretical condensed matter physicist with an outstanding international reputation for her research into the atomic and electronic structure of solids, their surfaces, interfaces, and nanostructures.

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    Martina Stenzel, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
    FRSN MSc (Bayreuth) PhD (Stuttgart) FAA FRACI
    Scientia Professor in Chemistry and Director, ARC Industry Transformation Centre for Chemical Industries, UNSW (Sydney)

    Martina Stenzel is an internationally recognised expert in the design and synthesis of complex polymers for biomedical applications, especially drug delivery. She is the 2019 Liversidge medallist of the Royal Society of NSW.

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    Catherine Stevens, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
    FRSN BA (Hons) PhD (Sydney)
    Professor in Psychology and Director, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour
    Development, Western Sydney University

    Catherine Stevens investigates human learning and pattern recognition in universal contexts of music, dance, speech and, most recently, technology. She founded the Australian Music and Psychology Society in 1996.

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    Graeme Stewart, Fellow (2015) : Sydney
    AM FRSN BSc(Med) MBBS PhD FRACP FRCPA
    Clinical Professor (Medicine, University of Sydney) and Director, Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Westmead Hospital

    Graeme Steward is internationally recognised for his research on the genetics of autoimmune diseases, particularly multiple sclerosis.

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    Mark Stewart, Fellow (2021) : Hunter
    FRSN BE (Monash) PhD (Newcastle) FTSE FIEAust FIAPS CPEng
    Professor of Civil Engineering and Director, Centre for Infrastructure Performance an Reliability, University of Newcastle

    Mark Stewart is an international leader in risk assessment, public policy decision making, and protective infrastructure for extreme hazards applied to a wide range of infrastructure/ engineering systems, including climate change.

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    Rod Stowe, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    PSM FRSN
    (Former) Commissioner for Fair Trading, NSW, NSW Fair Trading, NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

    Rod Stowe has for decades led the nation in consumer protection practice and regulation, ensuring a scientific, legal and ethical rigour is applied to those standards.

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    Leigh Sullivan, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Agr) (Hons) PhD (Syd.) FSSA
    Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), University of Canberra

    Leigh Sullivan is a leader of research within the university sector and is recognised as an international authority in the science and management of acid sulfate soils and carbon bio-sequestration.

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    Noelle Sunstrom, Fellow (2016) : Sydney
    FRSN PhD (McGill) MBA (AGSM) FAICD
    Founder, Scientist and CEO, NeuClone Pty Ltd

    Dr Sunstrom's inventions and business acumen in the field of biopharmaceutical research has had an impact on healthcare in rich and poor countries of the world through increased availability of affordable, safe and effective medicines.

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    Keith Suter, Fellow (2012) : Sydney
    AM FRSN BA(Hons) MA (Hons) PhD (Syd.) PhD (Deakin) PhD (Syd.) FAICD FRAI
    Global Futurist and Media Commentator

    Keith Suter is a highly regarded economic and social commentator, strategic planner, conference speaker, author and broadcaster.

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    Rebecca Suter, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    FRSN BA MA PhD (Universita degli Studi di Napoli "l'Orientale")
    Associate Professor and Head, Department of Japanese Studies, University of Sydney

    Rebecca Suter has demonstrated a multi-disciplinary approach to cross-cultural representations and comparative cultural studies, particularly in relation to Japan, and has contributed to making Australia a global leader in the Asia-Pacific region.

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    Peter Swan, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    AO FRSN BEc (Hons) (ANU) PhD (Monash) FASSA
    Emeritus Professor of Finance, UNSW Business School, UNSW (Sydney)

    Peter Swan is an economist known for his empirical research that explains the dominance of large listed companies, supports reforms such as tax imputation, and his advocacy for female market traders.

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