Alan Finkel

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Alan Simon Finkel, AO FTSE, is a neuroscientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 2007 he was appointed Chancellor of Monash University, a position he commenced on 1 January 2008.[1]

Finkel was educated at Monash University, receiving a doctorate in Electrical Engineering in 1981. He then served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian National University, before leaving academia to found Axon Instruments, a global science and technology company based in the US.[2] During this time, he invented a commercially successful device which substantially speeds up drug research.[1][3]

Since then, he has used his wealth to found the science magazine Cosmos, an environment magazine called G: The Green Lifestyle Magazine and contribute towards a number of research institutes. During a speech at Monash University's 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, he announced that he would be endowing a Chair in Global Health for the University.[4]

In 2006 Finkel was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)[5] and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE). In 2008 he was inducted as an honorary member of the Monash Golden Key Society to recognize his achievements.[6] In 2009 Finkel was appointed as the Chief Technology Officer of Better Place Australia.[7] In 2012 he co-founded Stile Education, an education technology company based in Melbourne, Australia, where he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer.[8] In 2013 he was appointed President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).[9] Since 2013, Finkel also serves as the Patron of the Australian Science Media Centre.[10]

He is married to Elizabeth Finkel, an Australian science journalist.[4]


  1. ^ a b New Chancellor appointed by Monash University for 2008, 26 April 2007, Press release, Monash University
    New Chancellor installed, 13 March 2008, Press release, Monash University
  2. ^ Alan Finkel, In Conversation, 9 June 2005,[dead link]
  3. ^ Five minutes with our new Chancellor, Around Monash, Issue 19, Autumn/Winter 2007, Monash University
  4. ^ a b Ancora Imparo, June, 2008, Monash Memo, 4 June 2008, Monash University
  5. ^ Member of the Order of Australia (AM), It's an Honour
  6. ^ Honorary Members, Monash Golden Key Society
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  9. ^ ATSE Board 2013, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  10. ^ AusSMC