Scott Hocknull

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Scott Hocknull (born 1977) is a vertebrate palaeontologist and Senior Curator in Geology at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane. He was the 2002 recipient of the Young Australian of the Year Award.[1]

He is the youngest Australian to date to hold a museum curatorship and has described and named 10 new species and four new genera.[2]

Early life[edit]

Scott Hocknull was born in Adelaide, South Australia. His family moved to Brisbane when he was 12. He enrolled in a B.Sc. at the University of Queensland in 1996, majoring in zoology and geology. He took his degree with Honours in 2000.[3]


Hocknull worked at the Queensland Museum during his university studies. After graduation he became a curator in geosciences at the Queensland Museum. He became senior curator in 2002.

He took his doctorate from the University of New South Wales, in 2009.[3][4]

In cooperation with the original finder Robyn Mackenzie, Hocknull published the description of Australotitan cooperensis.[5]


  • Young Australian of the Year for Queensland, 2002
  • National and Queensland Career Achiever, 2002
  • Queensland Science and Technology Achiever, 2002
  • National Career Achiever, 2002
  • Centenary Medalist, 2003
  • Neville Stephens Medal, Geological Society of Australia, 2005
  • Riversleigh Medal, 2009
  • Queensland's best and brightest - The Courier Mail, 2009
  • Rising Stars of Queensland Science, 2015
  • 10 Best of the Best of Queensland's 50 Top Thinkers, 2015


  1. ^ "Young Australian of the Year 2002". National Australia Day Council. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  2. ^ Profile at
  3. ^ a b "Scott Hocknull - Faculty of Science - The University of Queensland, Australia". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  4. ^ Museum, Queensland Government. "Dr Scott Hocknull". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ Hocknull SA, Wilkinson M, Lawrence RA, Konstantinov V, Mackenzie S, Mackenzie R. 2021. A new giant sauropod, Australotitan cooperensis gen. et sp. nov., from the mid-Cretaceous of Australia. PeerJ 9:e11317, persistent access doi

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