Ian Chubb

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Ian Chubb
Ian Chubb.jpg
Chubb at the opening session of the 2009 Climate Congress, Copenhagen.
Born Ian William Chubb
(1943-10-17) 17 October 1943 (age 74)
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.


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 Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Wollongong (1986–1990), Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Monash University (1993–1995) and Vice Chancellor of Flinders University (1995–2000).

In 1999 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia "for service to the development of Higher Education policy & its implementation at state, national & international levels, as an administrator in the Tertiary Education sector, & to research, particularly in the field of neuroscience".[1] In 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal "for service to Australian society through tertiary education and university administration".[2] In 2006 he was appointed a Companion of the Order "for service to higher education, including research and development policy in the pursuit of advancing the national interest socially, economically, culturally and environmentally, and to the facilitation of a knowledge based global economy".[3]

He was the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University from 2001 to 2011.

He is a former president of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee, chairman of the Group of Eight university lobby group, and president of the International Alliance of Research Universities (2006–2009).

In April 2011, Chubb was announced as the Chief Scientist of Australia following the resignation of Penny Sackett from that role.[4]

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.[5]

In 2012 he was appointed a member of the board of the Climate Change Authority.[6]

Chubb's term as Chief Scientist ended on 22 January 2016. Alan Finkel was appointed as his replacement.[7]


  1. ^ "Officer of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. 7 June 1999. 
  2. ^ "Centenary Medal". It's an Honour. 1 January 2001. 
  3. ^ "Companion of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour. 12 June 2006. 
  4. ^ Australia gets a new Chief Scientist Archived 23 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Life Scientist, 19 April 2011.
  5. ^ Professor Ian Chubb AC Higher education icon Archived 16 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine., ACT Australian of the Year, 2011.
  6. ^ Greg Combet (21 June 2012). "Strong Board appointed for Climate Change Authority". Media Release. Australian Government. Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "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
10th Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University
Succeeded by
Ian Young