Pioneers for women in STEMM recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

10 Jun 2019

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A respected chronic pain researcher and a leading neuroscientist are among the roll call of University of Queensland community members recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Emeritus Professor Maree Smith, a pain drug pioneer from the School of Biomedical Sciences, has received the highest national recognition for her work, named a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Professor Linda Richards has been bestowed with an Order of Australia (AO) for her service to medical research and education in the field of developmental neurobiology.

Other UQ community Queen’s Birthday honourees include*:


Emeritus Professor Maree Smith AC (Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) ’76, Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) ’83)

AO (General Division)

Kathy Fagg AO (Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) ’82, Doctor of Chemical Engineering honoris causa ’16)

Associate Professor Alexander Stewart Forrest AO (Bachelor of Dental Science ’79, Grad Cert Education ’96, Master Dental Science ’99)

The Honourable Justice Debra Ann Mullins AO (Bachelor of Commerce ’77, Bachelor of Laws ’80, Master Laws ’87, Master Laws (Adv) ’99)

Dr Gregory Myles Powell AO (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery ’70)

Professor Linda Jane Richards AO

Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Lee Smart AO (Master of Public Health ’07)

Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner AO

Mrs Kay Ellen Van Norton Poche AO (Doctor of The University honoris causa ’16)

Professor Mark Von Itzstein AO (Queensland Certificate in Animal Husbandry ’76)

AM (General Division)

Professor Bruce Black AO (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery ’70, Doctor of Medicine ’98)

Professor Victor James Callan AM

Adjunct Professor Sandra Creamer AM

Emeritus Professor Richard Allen Fotheringham AM (Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) ’71, Master Arts ’75, Doctor of Philosophy ’87)

Kathy Hirschfeld AM (Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) ’82)

Emeritus Professor Gabriel Adelin Moens AM (Grad Cert Education ’98)

Mr Stephen Moore AM (Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) ’06)

Dr Bradley Michael Norman AM

Stephen Wayne Sheaffe AM (Bachelor of Laws ’83, Master Laws ’97)

Dr William Francis Sultmann AM (Bachelor of Educational Studies ’76, Bachelor of Arts ’78, Master Educational Studies ’79, Doctor of Philosophy (Education) ’86)

AM (Military Division)

Professor Michael Reade 

OAM (General Division)

Professor Peta Ashworth AM (Graduate Certificate in Management ’00, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration ’02, Master of Business Administration (Executive) ’03)

Mr Damien Leigh Atkinson (Bachelor of Arts ’86, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) ’89)

Desmond John Hogan (Associate in Commerce ’66)

Dr Robert Stevenson (Steven) Nisbet (Bachelor of Science ’68, Grad Dip Education ’69, Master Educational Studies ’81)

Daniel Leonard O'Connor (Bachelor of Educational Studies ’90, Master Laws ’98)


View the full Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List here.

*If you know of a member of the university community honoured in the Queen’s Birthday awards that does not appear on our list, please let us know by emailing so that we can help celebrate their success.