Ian Chubb

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Ian Chubb
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Chubb at the opening session of the 2009 Climate Congress, Copenhagen.
Born Ian William Chubb
(1943-10-17) 17 October 1943 (age 73)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Oxford,
University of Ghent (Belgium)
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia (1999),
Companion of the Order of Australia (2006),
ACT Australian of the Year (2011)
Scientific career
Fields Neuroscience
Institutions Wollongong (1986–90),
Monash (1993–95),
Flinders (1995–2000),
ANU (2001–11)

Ian William Chubb AC (born 17 October 1943) is an Australian neuroscientist and academic, who was the Chief Scientist of Australia from 23 May 2011 to 22 January 2016.


He was the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University from 2001 to 2011, and president of the International Alliance of Research Universities from 2006 to 2009. Chubb has a Masters in Science, a DPhil from the University of Oxford, an honorary doctorate of science from Flinders University and an honorary doctorate of laws from Monash University. He was appointed as an Officer in the general division of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1999. In 2006 he was appointed as a Companion of the Order for service to higher education.

Chubb was Vice Chancellor of Flinders University (1995–2000), Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Monash University (1993–1995) and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Wollongong (1986–1990). He is a former president of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee and chairman of the Group of Eight university lobby group.

In April 2011, Chubb was announced as the Chief Scientist of Australia following the resignation of Penny Sackett from that role.[1] He is member of the board of the Climate Change Authority.[2]

Named ACT Australian of the Year 2011, Chubb was recognised for three decades of service to tertiary education and university governance in Australia, and internationally.[3]

Chubb's term as Chief Scientist ended on 22 January 2016. Alan Finkel was appointed as his replacement.[4]


  1. ^ Australia gets a new Chief Scientist, Life Scientist, 19 April 2011.
  2. ^ Greg Combet (21 June 2012). "Strong Board appointed for Climate Change Authority". Media Release. Australian Government. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Professor Ian Chubb AC Higher education icon, ACT Australian of the Year, 2011.
  4. ^ "Alan Finkel appointed Australia's next Chief Scientist". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Penny Sackett
Chief Scientist of Australia
Succeeded by
Alan Finkel
Academic offices
Preceded by
Deane Terrell
Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University
Succeeded by
Ian Young