Professor Rachel Webster honoured with Order of Australia

Professor Rachel Webster has received an Officer of the Order of Australia for her service to education in the field of astrophysics and astronomical research, and for her dedication to young women scientists.

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Professor Rachel Webster has received an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to education in the field of astrophysics and astronomical research, and for her dedication to young women scientists.

Professor Rachel Webster AO FAA has been teaching and researching astronomy for more than 20 years. Gaining her doctorate thesis at Cambridge University, she went on to hone her skills in Canada at the University of Toronto both by teaching and conducting research. Her work has been internationally recognised by prestigious scholarships.

In 1992 she returned to the University of Melbourne to take up a position as a teaching and research academic within the School of Physics, where she currently leads the astrophysics research group comprising of more than 60 research students and staff. Previous honours include the Inaugural Women Lecturer in Physics at the Australian Institute of Physics, becoming a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Australia and being named an Honorary Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia.

Over the past 20 years Professor Webster has co-created a successful Women in Physics Program, which has helped increase the number of women graduating in physics at the University of Melbourne. She continues mentoring former graduate students and she is also a keen rower.