Alasdair McDowall receives Honours

Posted on 12th Jun 2019 in Alumni in the News, Academic Success

Congratulations to 1972 Melville College leaver, Professor Emeritus Alasdair William McDowall AM, recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia by her Majesty HRH Queen Elizabeth II in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours list:  ‘For significant service to Science, particularly in the field of Electron Microscopy. His research included performing key experiments that culminated in the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry to his supervisor Professor Jacques Dubochet, and two of his colleagues in 2017’.


The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent means by which Australia recognizes the service of its citizens. The award confers the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service. 


Alasdair McDowall currently works at Caltech, a prestigious technical University in California, USA.  He also holds Professor Emeritus status from the University of Queensland.  He plans to retire later this year after 48 years researching and teaching in the field of structural biology and electron microscopy.  To learn more about his work, please visit Caltech’s magazine here:

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