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Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC FAA FTSE. Photo: Bradley Cummings for the Australian Academy of Science.


The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) celebrates the election of Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish as the President of the Australian Academy of Science.

There could not be a better President of AAS, our own experience of him as a leader is that he combines exceptional academic excellence with a clear and keen vision that it is by nurturing people that Australian research can prosper.

Jagadish has been a wonderful contributor to the establishment and growth of the ANFF network, stepping away from the position of ANFF-ACT Node Director in 2020 having been with us since our founding in 2007. We are still reaping the rewards of his time with us, and are still learning from his drive, impact on researchers around him, and scientific expertise.

His career has been outstanding, but he perhaps excels even more notably as being one of the most caring, kind people in the Australian research community. In addition to possessing unrivalled expertise in photonics and various fields of nanotechnology, Jagadish’s philanthropic work provides as much to the world as his ground-breaking research.

Emeritus Professor Chris Fell, Chairman of the ANFF Board, said: ‘Professor Jagadish can well be regarded as the initiator of nanoscience research in Australia. Through his formation of the Australian Nanotechnology Network he highlighted the importance for Australia of this field and through his role as Director of ANFF’s ACT Node he provided support for world-leading research. ANFF is delighted by his election as President of the Australian Academy of Science and wishes him well in that most important role.’

ANFF CEO, Dr Jane Fitzpatrick, said: ‘Jagadish is a true giant of Australian science. He is insightful, hardworking, and generous. His efforts in both the establishment and growth of Australian nanotechnology, as well as so many other fields, are astounding. The Academy and all of the Australian research community should be proud to have such an inspiring leader in our midst. Our whole-hearted congratulations on this well-deserved appointment.’

The entire ANFF Network wishes Professor Jagadish all the best in this new position at the forefront of Australian science and hopes to assist him in any way we can.


Click here to read the announcement on the AAS website.