Professor Brian Schmidt

Professor Brian Schmidt AC


BS (Astro) BS (Phys) UofA AM PhD Harvard HonDUniv UofA HonDUniv UChile HonDUniv Macquarie HonDUniv UQ FAA NAS FRS

Governor since 2015

Brian Schmidt is a Distinguished Professor at The Australian National University. Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989 and completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University.

Under his leadership, in 1998, the HighZ Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating, work that earned him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.

He is currently Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University.