Top thinkers

Top thinkers
30 November 2012

UNSW scientists have starred as thinkers and reformers in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 list of influential people.

Our researchers dominate the Thinkers category of the Science and Knowledge section of the annual index. Dean of Science Merlin Crossley, palaeontologist Karen Black, astrophysicist John Webb and materials engineer Veena Sahajwalla are all cited as significant players in shaping our future.

Quantum physicist Michelle Simmons is lauded as a reformer in the same section.

No stranger to any list of the country's most influential, Chancellor David Gonksi “corporate supremo and education reformer”, is singled out for his work on school funding reform. Engineering alumnus Mike Quigley, CEO of the NBN, features in the same category. 

COFA lecturer and designer Henry Wilson is recognised as an “ethical innovator” and a breakthrough talent, while UNSW politics student and social media activist Nic Lochner is highlighted as a mover and shaker.

The top 100 list for 2012 is published today in SMH's Sydney Magazine.