Ian Chubb AC served as chief scientist of Australia from 2011-2016. A strong advocate for support of innovation and research in STEM fields, he's taken several university administration roles, including serving as vice-chancellor of the Australian National University. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia and a Companion in the Order of Australia thanks to his service to higher education. His work has been dedicated to advancing Australia’s national interest in all realms. Chubb, a neuroscientist, was 2011’s ACT Australian of the Year, and has received six honorary doctorates. In 2016, he was awarded the Australian Academy of Science Medal for his championing of science and technology.