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Professor Steve Simpson wins prestigious research award at Australian Museum Eureka Prizes



20 August 2008

The University of Sydney's Professor Steve Simpson has won this year's prestigious Eureka Prize for Scientific Research.

Professor Steve Simpson's research on locusts and diet have made him a winner in the 2008 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
Professor Steve Simpson's research on locusts and diet have made him a winner in the 2008 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

Valued at $10,000, the University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Scientific Research is awarded to a researcher for outstanding curiosity-driven scientific research. This prize is part of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, often dubbed the Oscars of Australian Science.

Professor Simpson is a Federation Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney, whose work on locusts and what causes them to swarm, has led to some amazing findings that have provided fundamental insights into the dietary causes of the human obesity epidemic and the aging process.

Originally from Australia, Professor Simpson worked at Oxford University for 22 years, before returning to Australia as a Federation Fellow in 2005.

Within the past three years, working at the University of Sydney, Professor Simpson's work has made an enormous impact on biological research in Australia and internationally.

Director of the Australian Museum, Frank Howarth, says Simpson's work is causing a major rethink in the fields of nutrition and gerontology. "It's extraordinary that Professor Simpson's work with locusts has influenced so many different fields. It is an indication that this was pure scientific research, which is what this prize rewards."

The Faculty of Science congratulates Steve on this special achievement.


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