Chair ICSU RCAP elected President-Designate of IUPAP
The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) has elected Professor Bruce McKellar, the Chair of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific as its President-Designate. He will be the first Australian President of this leading international physics organization.
Professor Bruce McKellar is a theoretical physicist who primarily works on elementary particle physics and has a particular interest in neutrino physics and in the violation of matter-antimatter symmetries. His curiosity has led him to work in many other fields, including nuclear physics, remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols, cosmology, and particle production by high intensity lasers.
He received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1965, and after a period at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and on the Faculty at the University of Sydney School of Physics, became the Professorship of Theoretical Physics at Melbourne University, in 1972. He retired in 2008, and was appointed an Honorary Professorial Fellow.
His research has been recognised by the award of several medals, including the 2007 Massey Medal of the Institute of Physics (UK) and the Australian Institute of Physics, and the 2009 Flinders Medal of the Australian Academy of Science.
He served on the Board of Trustees of the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics and on the Council of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies for many years.
He became the Chair of the International Council of Science Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific in 2009, and will retire from that position at the end of this year.