Lyn Beazley

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Lyn Beazley
2nd Chief Scientist of Western Australia
Preceded byBruce Edward Hobbs
Succeeded byPeter Klinken
Personal details
Lynda Dent Beazley

(1944-07-03) 3 July 1944 (age 79)
Gravesend, UK
EducationUniversity of Oxford

Professor Lynda (Lyn) Dent Beazley AO FAA FTSE (born 1944) is a neuroscientist and educator based in Perth, Western Australia. She is currently an Honorary Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia,[1] and the Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science at Murdoch University.[2] Among other awards, she has been named an Officer of the Order of Australia for her contributions to medical science[3] a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering[4] and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.[5]


Beazley studied zoology at the University of Oxford before completing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh on the development of vision and its recovery after injury.[citation needed]


She set up her research group as a National Health and Medical Research Council research fellow at the University of Western Australia in 1976, which she held until 1994 when she was appointed professor. Research stemming from a collaboration with Professor John Newnham led to changes in clinical practice around administration of corticosteroids to women at risk of pre-term delivery with prematurely mature fetal lungs, improving respiratory function in pre-term infants.[6]

Beazley was Western Australia's Chief Scientist from 2006 to 2013, advising the State Government on science, innovation, and technology.[7] Her work included setting up a nationwide hotline for laboratory technicians in schools, working for healthier waterways across the state by establishing Dolphin Watch,[8] and she was successful in securing Western Australia as the host of the low frequency part of the telescope of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA-low) at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia.[9] She was a Mission Leader for the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (WA) mission to Israel in 2008.[10]

Beazley is also known as an educator and education advocate, spanning lecturing at university level, and working to encourage school child engagement in science,[11] and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.

Beazley is a current or former[which?] board member of the Royal Perth Hospital Research Foundation,[12] the Western Australian Art Gallery Foundation, the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network,[13] and the Ear Sciences Institute of Australia. She is a patron of the Reflections Through Reality Foundation,[14] the Western Australian Naturalists' Club,[15] and Vice-Patron of the Western Australia Royal Society. She is a current or former[which?] Advisory Board member for Monash Vision Group for Bionic Vision,[16] and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.[17] Beazley is also a member of the Technology and Industry Advisory Council of the Western Australian Government. She was a Trustee of the Western Australian Museum from 1999 to 2006. She helped establish the Brightwater Lyn Beazley Scholarship for research into acquired brain injury rehabilitation.[18]

Recognition and awards[edit]

In 2009, a new species of sponge discovered in the Perth Canyon off Rottnest Island was named Manihinea lynbeazleyae after Beazley.[19]


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  3. ^ a b "Australia Day 2009 Honours List Extract". Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Changing lives one at a time". ATSE. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Professor Lyn Beazley". Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Ambassador for science". Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Neuroscientist Lyn Beazley named WA's Australian of the Year". ABC News. 15 November 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  8. ^ Western Australia's first female Chief Scientist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 28 May 2019, retrieved 17 August 2019
  9. ^ Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (19 October 2018). "Co-hosting the Square Kilometre Array". Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  10. ^ "WA Innovation & Business Development Mission to Israel Report" (PDF).
  11. ^ "Ambassador for science". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  12. ^ "RPH Research Foundation Board".
  13. ^ "TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network: Governance". Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Our Patron | Reflections". Reflections Through Reality. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  15. ^ "About Us | Western Australian Naturalists Club". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Bright new eyes for Monash Vision Group". Monash University. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  17. ^ "The Brain Function CoE Advisor Board is chaired by Lyn Beazley". Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Young brain-injured people to benefit from new scholarship". News | The University Of Western Australia. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  19. ^ Trenwith, Courtney (9 September 2011). "New sponge named after WA chief scientist". WAtoday. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Meet our Fellows". Applied. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  21. ^ "2011 Inductee Biographies – WA Womens Hall of Fame". Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  22. ^ "WA Science Hall of Fame". Retrieved 17 August 2019.
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  26. ^ "Honorary degree: Professor Lyn Beazley AO". ANU. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2019.