Distinguished Professor Sue O’Reilly admitted in to the Order of Australia

15 June 2016

Distinguished Professor Sue O’Reilly from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences was admitted as a Member in to the Order of Australia as part of the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honour list.

Professor O’Reilly is Director of the ARC National Key Centre for Geochemical Evolution and Metallogeny of Continents (GEMOC) and Director of ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS).

Recognised for her significant service to the earth sciences as an academic and researcher, to tertiary education and to scientific education, Professor O’Reilly adds this accolade to her extensive list of achievements over a long-standing career.

“This award is a really wonderful surprise. It is very pleasing to see earth sciences getting such recognition. This award is really a result of a lot of teamwork with the amazing range of researchers and professional staff I have worked with especially in GEMOC since 1995, and the CCFS since 2011 at Macquarie. I have also been very fortunate to have participated in many national groups and committees with dedicated colleagues.

“The discoveries we have made along the way about mapping the nature and distribution of the deep rocks hidden beneath our feet in the vast space of inner earth have been very exciting, and have brought collaborations with many colleagues in industry and around the globe.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Sakkie Pretorius congratulated Professor O’Reilly on her outstanding contribution to her discipline and on this well-deserved achievement.

“I believe in Macquarie University’s mandate for world-leading research with world-changing impact, and Professor O’Reilly has carried out this mandate for many years. Professor O’Reilly’s contributions to earth sciences are world-changing and her academic contributions have been sustained at a world-leading standard for her entire career.

“Professor O’Reilly’s recognition is testament to her international excellence and a most fitting recognition of her commitment to earth sciences.”

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