First class honours

UNSW has had a strong showing in the Queen's Birthday Honours, with the Chancellor, David Gonski and four professors being named.

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UNSW has had a strong showing in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The Chancellor, David Gonski, has been appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC). He is one of only five people given the top accolade in this year's announcement.

Mr Gonski was acknowledged for his services to the arts, business and education.

Such an appointment recognises eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree to Australia or humanity at large.

Scientia Professor Colin Chesterman, who heads the Centre for Vascular Research in the School of Medical Sciences, has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his services to medical research.

Professors Les White and Bryanne Barnett and have each been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Professor White, from the School of Women's and Children's Health has been acknowledged for his contribution to pediatrics, medical administration and child and adolescent cancer support. Professor Barnett, a conjoint academic at the South Western Sydney Clinical School, was commended for services to psychiatry and the community.

Professor Michael Barton, who holds the Chair of Radiation Oncology, based at Liverpool Hospital, has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to medicine.