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AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES

How Good Are Australian Universities?

Australia
has traditionally been the home of inventors and scientists right from its
early settlement.

This culture of innovation aims to:

Australian scientists and researchers have
been responsible for many advances in business and industry, and have made
significant contributions in medical science. Australia has been a pioneer in
solar energy research and other potential energy sources. Australian advances
in technology include the development of the black box flight recorder, bionic
ear implants, a heart pacemaker, the vaccine for cancer of the cervix and
computer hardware and software. Australia is also at the forefront of producing
new technologies such as wave-piercing ocean catamarans, solar-powered cars and
the revolutionary orbital engine.

– Make the best use of national and international
information networks, – Encourage creativity in all forms of
research, – Promote collaboration between university
researchers and industry,- Disseminate the outcomes of research to the
wider community.

Australians have won prestigious international awards including eight
Nobel prizes:

2005 Medicine

1995 Medicine

1975 Chemistry

1973 Literature

1963 Medicine

1960 Medicine

1945 Medicine

1915 Physics

Significant Australian inventions include:

Penicillin – (Howard Walter Florey)

Ultrasound scanners – (Sonography)

Radio telescopes

Photovoltaic cells (Solar cells)

The Xerox photocopying process

The Electric Drill

Postage stamps

Regular ‘around the world’ airline services

The inflatable aircraft escape slide

The two stroke lawn mower

The automatic letter-sorting machine

The rotary hoist washing line (hills hoist)

Latex gloves

Lithium as a treatment for manic depression