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:: Tom Healy’s Lifetime Achievements Honoured
Professor Tom Healy's achievements in the field of colloids and interface sciences and his commitment to science mentoring were acknowledged recently with the awarding of two honours.
Tom Healy, the Chair of theParticulate Fluids Processing Centre (PFPC) Science Board at the University of Melbourne, and a founding leader of the Centre was honoured for his achievements in fostering the careers of fellow scientists by winning the inaugural Australasian lifetime award for mentoring excellence from the journal Nature. Tom's mentorshiip has aided many scientists to achieve excellence in their fields both in the national and international arenas. Tom's nominators highlighted his ability to mentor not only his own students and colleagues but the wider field of colloid and interfacial science. He has been instrumental in advancing Australian research in the field to amongst the world's best. The research atmosphere he creates is supportive and "family-like" and enhances collaboration both within the field and beyond. He is renowned for bringing together individuals from diverse fields to create multidisciplinary teams. The establishment and success of the PFPC is a prime example of this talent.
All of Tom's nominators agreed that Tom is the epitome of mentors. His influence and guidance has extended beyond the University system. His achievements in colloid research have been applied in many areas including the mining industry, government and academia. Therefore his mentoring has extended beyond the University environment, an approach which was particularly ground-breaking in his earlier career when collaborative research across fields was not the norm as it is today.
The weekly international journal Nature is one of the most prestigious research journals. It publishes first class research outcomes in all fields of science and technology. The Nature Mentoring Awards recognise outstanding achievement in scientific mentoring and by extension, the fostering of scientific creativity. This prestigious award is a well-deserved acknowledgement of Tom's commitment to advancing both researchers and research.
In recognition of his lifetime contributions to the field of colloid and interface science, Tom was also awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Board of Editors of the Journal of Colloids and Interface Science.
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