John Stocker (scientist)

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John Wilcox Stocker AO (born 23 April 1945)[1] is an Australian immunologist and the former Chairman of the Board of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the national government body for scientific research in Australia. Stocker is a former Chief Scientist of Australia.


Stocker's undergraduate studies were at the University of Melbourne, completing his Bachelor of Medical Science in 1969, and his Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery in 1970.[2] In 1976, he completed his Ph.D. at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.[2]


On completion of his studies, Stocker joined the Basel Institute for Immunology in Switzerland and in 1979 he took a position with Hoffmann–La Roche in Basel. At Hoffmann–La Roche, his first role involved the study of monoclonal antibodies and leading a task force investigating opportunities for scientific and commercial development of biotechnology-based vaccines.[2] While with Hoffmann–La Roche, he would later serve as Director of Pharmaceutical Research.[1] In 1987, Stocker returned to Australia as the founding Managing Director of the commercial biomedical company, AMRAD Corporation Ltd.[2]


Stocker was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the CSIRO in 1990 and held the role until 1995.[2] In 1996, Stocker was appointed by the Minister for Science and Technology, Peter McGauran, to the position of Chief Scientist of Australia.[3] The role was a part-time position, Stocker working one day a week. He left the position in 1999.[4]

Stocker returned to the CSIRO in June 2007, this time as Chairman.[2] He completed his term at CSIRO Chairman on 27 June 2010 and was succeeded by Mr Simon McKeon. He is the chair of Sigma Pharmaceuticals and a non-executive director of the Australian telecommunications company, Telstra.[2][5]

Other appointments[edit]

Stocker is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.[2] In 1992, The Australian newspaper named Stocker as its Australian of the Year.[2] He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 1999 for services to Australian scientific and technological research and in 2001 was awarded the Centenary Medal for outstanding service to science and technology.[6][7]

He is currently Chair of the Science and Engineering Advisory Committee for EPA Victoria.


  1. ^ a b Stocker, John Wilcox (1945 - ), Bright Sparcs (University of Melbourne), 7 September 2006.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Dr John Stocker, AO: CSIRO Board Chairman". Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Archived from the original on 15 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ "CSIRO Welcomes Chief Scientist". CSIRO MEDIA RELEASE 96/131. CSIRO. 1996-11-22. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  4. ^ W.J. Peacock (4 June 2004). "Submission to the Inquiry into the Office of the Chief Scientist". Australian Academy of Science. Archived from the original (RTF) on 28 August 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
  5. ^ "Executives & Directors". Telstra. Archived from the original on 2 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  6. ^ "Stocker, John Wilcox: Officer in the Order of Australia". It's an honour: Australia celebrating Australians. Australian Government. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  7. ^ "Stocker, John Wilcox: Centenary Medal". It's an honour: Australia celebrating Australians. Australian Government. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Michael Pitman
Chief Scientist of Australia
1996 – 1999
Succeeded by
Robin Batterham