Vice-Chancellor and President
Australian National University


Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS

BS Phys, BS Astro, AM Astro, PhD Astro

Vice-Chancellor and President
Australian National University

The Vice-Chancellor and President is the leader and chief executive officer of ANU.

Professor Brian P. Schmidt was appointed the 12th Vice-Chancellor of ANU in January 2016.

Professor Schmidt is one of Australia’s most eminent scientists. Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, alongside many other academic awards and distinctions,  Professor Schmidt spent most of his academic career as an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Schmidt makes a significant contribution to public debate through the media, and via his membership of bodies including the Prime Minister’s National Science and Technology Council.

Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989 and completed his Astronomy Master’s degree (1992) and PhD (1993) at Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.

Professor Brian Schmidt AC tweets as @ResAustralia