Professor Graham Farquhar, OA, FAA, FRS, NAS

Professor of Biology, Australian National University

Carnegie Centenary Professor 2015, University of Glasgow

FarquharDistinguished Professor Graham Farquhar has undertaken and led research across a broad range of fields and scales, from the molecular and isotopic composition of plants to global environmental change. He has over 300 research publications and is a leading Citation Laureate. He is a fellow of The Australian Academy of Science, the Royal Society (London), and Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA).

Graham has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Wageningen, Antwerp, professorships from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and numerous awards, including the Peter Baume Award (Australian National University), Officer of the Order of Australia, the Rank Prize (UK), and the Alexander von Humboldt award (Germany). He has served in various capacities internationally, including as a scientific advisor and Australian representative to the Kyoto Framework Convention, and he is honoured with the shared Nobel Peace Prize (2007) as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Graham earned a BSc from Australian National University in 1968, a BSc with Honours in Biophysics from University of Queensland in 1969, and a PhD from Australian National University in 1973. He undertook research at the Department of Energy laboratories of Michigan State University before returning to Australia in 1976. He has researched for more than 40 years across a range of fields and scales, from the cellular to the field. He is one of a relatively small number of plant scientists who brings to his research a background in both physics and biology.

Graham’s interests include photosynthesis, its interactions with nitrogen and water use of plants, stomatal physiology and their impact on global environmental change. His efforts in the 1980's led to some of the first quantitative models of CO2 and transpirative gas exchange from plants in the field, still widely cited in the literature and used as a benchmark in the field. More recently his research has included development of Drysdale, a water-efficient strain of wheat.