Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE

Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science, Murdoch University

Lyn BeazleyAfter graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Lyn built an internationally renowned research team in Neuroscience at The University of Western Australia focusing on recovery from brain damage. Lyn’s research helped to change clinical practice in the treatment of preterm babies, and emphasised the role of appropriate training regimens for recovery from neurotrauma. She is currently Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science at Murdoch University.

Lyn served as Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 to 2013.  In this role, Lyn advised the Western Australian Government on science, innovation and technology as well as acting as an Ambassador for science locally, nationally and internationally. Lyn was part of the negotiating team that ensured Australia, along with South Africa, was selected as the location of the Square Kilometre Array radio-telescope array, the world’s largest science project.

With extensive experience serving on advisory bodies, Lyn’s current board membership includes the National Blood Authority, Western Australia’s Technology and Industry Advisory Council and the Royal Institution Australia. Lyn was a Trustee of the Western Australian Museum from 1999-2006 and is now a member of the Council of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation. Lyn has been honoured by a long-term association with Monash University as a member of the Advisory Board of the Monash Bionic Vision Group and as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence, “Integrative Brain Function”.

Lyn is patron of many organisations including the Friends of the West Australian Museum, the Science Teachers Association of Western Australia, LabNetWest, Women in Technology WA and Connect Groups. Lyn has been instrumental in bringing the international science communication competition Famelab to Australia, in establishing a nation-wide ‘hotline’ for school science laboratory technicians and in founding the ‘Microscopes in Schools’ program that has provided microscopes to over 600 primary schools in Australia and overseas.

In 2009 Lyn was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia for her services to medical research and to science policy and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.  Lyn is also a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and is a Companion of Engineers Australia.

Lyn was honoured to become the WA Australian of the Year for 2015, allowing her to extend her work to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to the community, to encourage more young women to enter science careers and especially to instill a love of learning in young people.