Congratulations to all the winners of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, especially those from Australia’s Royal Societies.

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer of the University of Sydney is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales and has been awarded the 2020 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation for translating his research in fields that address environmental problems into two pioneering technologies: the Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTRTM), and zinc-bromide energy storage design.

Mr Darren Hamley of Willetton Senior High School has been recognised as an inspiration to his students and colleagues with the award of the 2020 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.

Mr Hamley was instrumental in the inclusion of observatory in the school’s new science building. Willetton Senior High School is the only public school in Western Australia with a fully robotic, 36-centimetre telescope. He is a Councillor of the Royal Society of Western Australia and a previous winner of the RSWA Doug Clarke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Science Teaching at High School.

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