Fellows of the Royal Society of NSW (W)

On this page are listed brief biographies of the following Fellows.
The recorded year references the date on which the Fellow joined the Society,
while the suffixed entry displays the Branch with which the Fellow is associated.

  • Phil Waite, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • David Waite, Fellow (2014) : Sydney
  • Laurence Wakelin, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • Gordon Wallace, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • James Wallman, Fellow (2006) : Sydney
  • Toby Walsh, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • Qilin Wang, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
  • SueAnne Ware, Fellow (2017) : Hunter
  • Richard Waterhouse, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Ron Webber, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • Ian Webster, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • Tony Weiss, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • Steven Weller, Fellow (2020) : Hunter
  • Paul Wellings, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
  • Tim Wess, Fellow (2014) : Interstate
  • John Whitelock, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • Thomas Whitford, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
  • Bob Whittaker, Fellow (2016) : Hunter
  • Glenn Wightwick, Fellow (2022) : Sydney
  • Ian Wilkinson, Fellow (2013) : Sydney
  • Ann Williamson, Fellow (2015) : Sydney
  • George Willis, Fellow (2018) : Hunter
  • Jeremy Wilson, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
  • Glenn Withers, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • Albert Y L Wong, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • Danny Wong, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
  • Anne Wood, Fellow (2008) : Southern Highlands
  • Mike Woods, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
  • Barry Wren, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
  • John Wright, Fellow (2012) : Southern Highlands
  • Phil Waite, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    FRSN JP BSc (Hons) PhD (London) MBChB (Otago) CertHEd (UNSW)
    Emeritus Professor in Anatomy, School of Medical Sciences, University of NSW

    Phil Waite is a leading academic specialising in neuroscience and spinal cord injury.

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    David Waite, Fellow (2014) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc(Hons) (Tas.) MAppSc (Monash) PhD (MIT) IntMemb NAEng (US)
    CEO UNSW Centre for Transformational Environmental Technologies
    Scientia Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW (Sydney)

    David Waite is a researcher of international standing who has made a significant contribution to the field of environmental chemistry over the last four decades.

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    Laurence Wakelin, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) (Kent) PhD (Cantab) FRSC FRACI
    Honorary Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, School of Chemistry, UNSW Sydney

    Larry Wakelin is internationally recognised for his research into innovative DNA-binding anti-cancer drugs, particularly intercalating and DNA-directed alkylating agents, and for his teaching of pharmacology to both science and medical students.

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    Gordon Wallace, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    AO FRSN BSc (Hons) PhD DSc (Deakin) DSc (Hanbat) FAA FTSE FInstP FRACI
    Distinguished Professor and Director, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong

    Gordon Wallace has a global research reputation in the discovery and development of advanced materials and their use in energy as well as in health research.

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    James Wallman, Fellow (2006) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc(Hons) PhD FFSc(RCPA) FRES FRSSA
    Professor and Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney

    James Wallman is an entomologist with an international reputation in the biology and forensic application of flies. He has contributed to science governance nationally through varied leadership roles in universities and professional societies.

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    Toby Walsh, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Cantab) MSc PhD (Edin) FAA FAAAS FACM
    Professor of Artificial Intelligence, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney

    Toby Walsh has made significant contributions to the science and public understanding of artificial intelligence. He is particularly interested in building trustworthy AI.

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    Qilin Wang, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
    FRSN PhD (UQ)
    Professor and ARC Future Fellow, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Technology Sydney

    Qilin Wang is an internationally recognised researcher who has made significant contributions to the development of a suite of innovative technologies that revolutionise the science and practice of urban water management for Australian water utilities.

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    SueAnne Ware, Fellow (2017) : Hunter
    FRSN BS (CSU) MLA (Berkeley) PhD (RMIT) FAILA
    Professor of Landscape Architecture and Head, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle

    SueAnne Ware is an internationally recognised researcher in landscape architecture whose scholarly and creative practice centres on socially engaged design processes, citizen co-design, and design activism.

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    Richard Waterhouse, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    FRSN BA (Hons) (Sydney) MA PhD (Johns Hopkins) FAHA FASSA
    Emeritus Professor, Department of History, University of Sydney

    Richard Waterhouse is a leading scholar of the history of Australian popular culture and the history of rural Australia.

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    Ron Webber, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    AM FRSN BEd (Melb) MEd (Monash) PhD (RMIT) FRICS FAIBS
    Associate Professor in Construction Management and Building Surveying, School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University

    Ronald Webber is a leading educator and advisor to Government on building design, particularly relating to fire safety.

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    Ian Webster, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    AO FRSN MB BS MD (Melb.) FRACP FRACGP FAFPHM FAChAM FAFRM
    Emeritus Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medecine, UNSW (Sydney)

    Ian Webster has served in senior leadership positions in Public Health and Community Medicine, and is known for his work on addiction, mental health and the impact of homelessness.

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    Tony Weiss, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    AM FRSN BSc (Hons) PhD (Sydney) FTSE FRSC FRACI CChem FAIMBE FBSE FTERM
    McCaughey Professor in Biochemistry and Professor of Molecular Biotechnology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, and the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney

    Anthony Weiss established and is an acknowledged leader of the field of synthetic human tropoelastin and recombinant human elastin technologies. His discoveries span fundamental structure and function to the innovative translation of human tropoelastin.

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    Steven Weller, Fellow (2020) : Hunter
    FRSN BE (Hons) ME PhD (Newcastle)
    Professor of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Newcastle

    Steve Weller has made important contributions to feedback control theory and its application to the solution of problems in sustainable development and electrical power systems. He has taken many leadership roles in his university.

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    Paul Wellings, Fellow (2018) : Sydney
    CBE DL FRSN FRSA BSc (London) MSc (Durham) PhD (East Anglia) HonDSc (Lancaster) FAICD FRSA
    Former Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Wollongong

    Paul Wellings has researched insect population ecology, biological control, and host plant resistance and is a former university Vice-Chancellor.

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    Tim Wess, Fellow (2014) : Interstate
    FRSN PhD FRSB FRSA PFHEA
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of the Sunshine Coast

    Tim Wess is recognised for his research in biophysics, in which he has expertise in the characterisation of non-crystalline biological materials, and for senior roles in higher education.

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    John Whitelock, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    FRSN BAppSc PhD (UTS) FAIMBE
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW (Sydney)

    John Whitelock has developed a detailed understanding of how the matrix around cells joins them together and controls their responses to growth and survival signals embedded within the matrix.

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    Thomas Whitford, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
    FRSN BPsych PhD (Sydney)
    Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology, UNSW (Sydney)

    Tom Whitford is a world-renowned researcher into the neural basis of schizophrenia. He has pioneered the development of neurophysiological biomarkers for the disorder's psychotic features.

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    Bob Whittaker, Fellow (2016) : Hunter
    AM FRSN BAppSc GradDipEd (UTS) HonDConstM(CQU) FAIB FAIQS FNZIOB CompIEAust MSoCL
    Professor (Adjunct/Practice) at University of Canberra, Western Sydney University, and University of Newcastle
    Principal and Director, Holdom Whittaker

    Robert Whittaker is recognised as a national leader of the building profession who has played a a prominent role in raising the professional standards of the NSW and the national built environment.

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    Glenn Wightwick, Fellow (2022) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc FTSE SMIEEE
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), University of Technology Sydney

    Glenn has been a champion of the ICT sector in Australia for many years, with significant impact in industry, academia and peak professional bodies.

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    Ian Wilkinson, Fellow (2013) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) (So’ton) MSc (Warwick) PhD (UNSW) FANZMAC
    Honorary Professor, Department of Marketing, University of Sydney

    Ian Wilkinson is recognised as a research leader in the development and management of business relations and networks as complex adaptive systems, and as a leader in marketing education.

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    Ann Williamson, Fellow (2015) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) PhD (LaTrobe) Fellow of Australasian College of Road Safety
    Emeritus Professor, School of Aviation, Transport and Road Safety Research Centre, UNSW (Sydney)

    Anne Williamson's strong body of research addresses both fundamental and applied aspects of transport safety problems and is making an impact on improving safety for the community.

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    George Willis, Fellow (2018) : Hunter
    FRSN BSc (Hons) (Adel) PhD (N'cle on Tyne) FAA
    Professor of Mathematics and ARC Laureate Professorial Fellow, School of Information and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle

    George Willis is known nationally and internationally for his work in a number of fields of mathematics that have led to innovation and applications in topological algebra and in harmonic analysis.

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    Jeremy Wilson, Fellow (2020) : Sydney
    AO FRSN MB BS (Sydney) MD (UNSW) FRCP FRACP AGAF
    Emeritus Professor of Medicine, South Western Sydney Clinical School, UNSW (Sydney)

    Jeremy Wilson has had a distinguished career in academic and clinical medicine, together with senior leadership and governance roles in health and higher education.

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    Glenn Withers, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    AO FRSN BEc (Hons) (Monash) MA PhD (Harvard) FASSA
    Professor of Economics, Research School of Economics, Australian National University

    Glenn Withers is a leading Australian economist and public policy adviser.

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    Albert Y L Wong, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    FRSN BComm (UNSW) FAICD SF FIN
    Investment Banker, Stockbroker, Corporate Adviser (semi-retired)

    Albert Wong has made substantial contributions to society, embracing investment and the financial stewardship of foundations in tertiary education, research and the visual arts.

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    Danny Wong, Fellow (2021) : Sydney
    FRSN BSc (Hons) PhD (Monash) FRACI
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Molecular Sciences, Macquarie University

    Danny Wong is a highly respected academic in analytical chemistry who has made significant contributions to the development and applications of structurally small, antifouling carbon electrodes to neurotransmitter detection in vivo through many international collaborations.

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    Anne Wood, Fellow (2008) : Southern Highlands
    FRSN BSc (Hons) DipEd
    Retired

    Anne Wood has a unique combination of knowledge, authorship and work experience in the diverse fields of chemistry, national heritage, local government and national and international education.

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    Mike Woods, Fellow (2017) : Sydney
    FRSN BA Hons) GradDipEd
    Professor of Health Economics, Center for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, University of Technology Sydney

    Professor Woods has made signignificant contributions to the wellbeing of the Australian community through the reform of aged care, the health workforce and other areas of public policy

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    Barry Wren, Fellow (2019) : Sydney
    AM FRSN MB BS (Sydney) MHealth MD (UNSW) FRANZCOG
    Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (Retired)

    Barry Wren is a senior obstetrician and gynaecologist who has had a major influence in investigating and improving the care and well-being of postmenopausal women.

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    John Wright, Fellow (2012) : Southern Highlands
    AM FRSN BSc PhD GAICD FTSE FAusIMM FAIE FAIE
    Principal, Wright Energy Consulting

    John Wright has played a significant role in the advancment of energy research and development that has been recognised by the award of a member of an Australian Order.

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