Woman Dennis, Elizabeth Salisbury (1943 - )

10 December 1943
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Plant Biologist

Written by Rosemary Francis, The University of Melbourne

Elizabeth Dennis was born in Sydney on 10 December 1943. The eldest of three girls, she grew up in Hunter's Hill, Sydney and was educated at the Methodist Ladies College (MLC) where she was inspired to pursue an interest in chemistry. She completed her tertiary education at the University of Sydney with a BSc (Honours) in 1964 and PhD in 1968. She was a Research Scientist with the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry from 1972-72, progressing to Chief Research Scientist in 1976. In that role she leads a large team of research workers in the Division of Plant Industry of CSIRO in Canberra. Her work has been recognised by many invitations to speak at international meetings, and she is a past president of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her leadership in the field was acknowledged when she was elected to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in 1987 and to the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) in 1995. In 2000, she was joint recipient of the inaugural Prime Minister's Science Prize.

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