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Professor Steve Simpson awarded Wigglesworth Award for 2012



26 October 2010

Professor Steve Simpson from the School of Biological Sciences has won the Wigglesworth Award for 2012 from the Royal Entomological Society.
Professor Steve Simpson from the School of Biological Sciences has won the Wigglesworth Award for 2012 from the Royal Entomological Society.

Professor Steve Simpson from the School of Biological Sciences has won the Wigglesworth Award for 2012 from the Royal Entomological Society for outstanding services to the science of entomology.

The Award, given every four years at the International Congress of Entomology, will be presented to Professor Simpson at the 2012 Congress in Daegu, South Korea.

Professor Simpson, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and ARC Laureate Fellow, said that he was "thrilled, honoured and humbled" to receive the Award.

Named for the world renowned biologist Sir Vincent Wigglesworth, the award is given to a researcher who has contributed outstanding work to entomology and who best reflects Sir Wigglesworth's standards of personal involvement in every aspect of their research.

Professor Steve Simpson started his research with the problem of why locusts swarm, and in answering this question has revolutionised thinking on important topics, such as managing human nutrition and obesity, ageing, and how ecosystems function.

For his work, Simpson has won numerous awards and honours including being named NSW Scientist of the Year 2009, winning the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research 2008, and being elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2007.


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