Firstly, let me say that it is a pleasure to be here once again to present the award. Before doing so I thought to tell you about some of the exciting research that is going on in the physical sciences, not only at Murdoch, but the state generally.
     Most of you have heard of the Silicon Valley, an area around San Francisco, California, which is the birth place of the modern computer. Well, we are hoping to replicate this, on an even bigger scale, right here in Perth. The four WA public universities have a proposal before the WA government to create "The electron-Science valley". This is about creating new technologies for the 21st century based on advances in the various nano-sciences. Some examples include: and there are many more.
     Edith Cowan will provide the expertise in microelectronics. UWA and Curtin will contribute expertise in nano-chemistry, and ourselves at Murdoch will underpin the entire operation with our world-leading expertise in the physics of atomic interactions. Additionally, we have dozens of international universities such as Cambridge in the UK committed to the project, as well as multimillion dollar commitments from a number of high-tech companies such as SGI, the makers of high-performance supercomputers.
     Our proposal is one of ten before the government, but if successful will create thousands of high-tech jobs for young people like yourselves in the years to come. The outcome should be known in a month or two.
        Now, this prize, for the best year-eleven physics student, was initiated by the physicists at Murdoch to encourage you to consider further study in physics and the nano sciences, necessary if you want to be a part of the technological revolution. To entice you further our best starting students are offered tax-free $4,000 scholarships. It gives me great pleasure to award the prize, which is Stephen Hawking's book The Universe in a Nutshell, to the best year-eleven physics student of 2003, ...

mailto: Igor Bray
Igor's homepage
Last modified: Tue Feb 17 11:07:08 WST 2004