Rio Tinto Sustainability Committee Chair and Non-executive Director, Dr Megan Clark, scoops Australian Academy of Science Medal

Academy of Science Medal for Rio Tinto's Dr Megan Clark

Rio Tinto Non-executive Director Dr Megan Clark is the joint recipient of the prestigious Australian Academy of Science Medal. 

The Academy Medal recognises outstanding contributions to science by means other than through scientific research. It is awarded to a person who has, by sustained efforts in the public domain, significantly advanced the cause of science and technology in Australia or who has made a substantial contribution to the Australian Academy of Science.

An extensive cross-sector career

Now in situ as Chair of Rio Tinto's Sustainability Committee, Dr Clark has enjoyed an extensive career in both the private and public sector in Australia. Through her work, Dr Clark combines expertise in the metals and mining business with high-level experience in science, research and technology. She is also Chief Executive of Australia’s national research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Dr Clark started her career as a geologist, holding various mineral exploration, mine geology and strategy roles with Western Mining Corporation before joining BHP Billiton in senior positions in technology and health, safety and environment. She has also been appointed to a number of influential advisory positions to both the Government of Australia and the World Economic Forum on science, technology, innovation and research.

Rio Tinto tweeted: "A sincere congratulations to Dr. Megan Clark AC, a member of our Board and Chair of its Sustainability Committee, joint recipient of this year’s prestigious Australian Academy of Science Medal."

Accepting on behalf of an extraordinary team

“My career has been dedicated to using breakthrough science to create value for our nation and everyday lives: whether it was using geological science to discover mines or understanding how primitive archaea (single-celled microorganisms) could create a new way to make copper at BHP or new animal vaccines or gene technology for cotton at CSIRO,” said Dr Clark.

“Now I am lucky enough to be building an amazing team working to transform and grow Australia's space industry. I can only accept this wonderful award from the respected Australian Academy of Science on behalf of these extraordinary team members.”

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