Australia, Born 1938
From her childhood days on the family farm in her native Australia, Adrienne Clarke was exposed to the natural wonders of her world and resolved to become a scientist. She eventually discovered the gene that controls self-breeding in plants, garnering international acclaim.
Equipped with a degree in chemistry and biochemistry, Clarke has applied her training to the field of plant biology for 30 years. She is currently laureate professor in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne.
Concerned with the challenges of developing a link between science and business in Australia, Clarke succeeded in bridging the gap through her former position as chairman of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s biggest scientific organization and, today, as lieutenant-governor of Victoria.
“My appointment as lieutenant-governor, with a brief to develop scientific policy, recognizes that science and technology — whether we like it or not — are defining our future,” says the eminent biochemist, who is also immediate past president of the International Society for Molecular Biology and a member of the boards of several major public companies.
Whether developing scientific policy or enjoying her favourite pastimes of bushwalking and skiing, Adrienne Clarke is known for her infectious enthusiasm in all that she does.
Published in 2000