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First Ladies of Science

Cathy Foley is President of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technolo

Cathy Foley is President of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies.

By Bill Mackey

Australasian Science profiles 12 women who have made outstanding contributions to science and technology in Australia. What are the secrets to their success, and what barriers did they have to overcome?

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Lyn Beazley AO FTSE Chief Scientist of Western Australia
Lyn Beazley was appointed Chief Scientist of Western Australia in 2006 and was reappointed in 2009. She is also Professor in Zoology at the University of Western Australia, where her research career has spanned 30 years.

Beazley graduated from Oxford University before undertaking her doctorate at Edinburgh University.

She transferred to Perth in 1976 and built up an internationally renowned research team that focused on recovery from brain damage. Her research also changed clinical practice in the treatment of infants at risk from pre-term delivery.

Beazley has served on numerous peak bodies advising state and Federal Governments, such as the NHMRC Fellowships Committee (2006–09). She is currently a board member of Neurosciences Australia.

Internationally she has served on a panel assessing research performance for the Swedish Research Council and is a member of the Education Committee of the International Brain Research Organisation. She was a Trustee of the Western Australian Museum from 1999 until 2007.

Beazley says her career highlight has been “my research into protecting the foetal brain from injury while still maturing the lung [thus] minimising respiratory distress in the newborn,” and says she’s struck no career barriers.

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