The Australian National University’s Professor Ken Freeman has been awarded the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for almost 50 years of dedicated work in shaping and changing the human view of galaxies and the universe.


Professor Freeman is best known his discovery of dark matter in the universe, he also founded one of the most exciting fields in modern astronomy, galactic archaeology.


ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young congratulated Professor Freeman on his award and said the University was extremely proud of his achievements.


“Professor Freeman’s work has added immeasurably to our understanding of the universe. He has played a pivotal role directing the course of astrological study, in Australia and internationally, over the past four decades,” he said.


“Many of the leading astronomy projects being undertaken today are a result of his research.


“Importantly Professor Freeman is also an outstanding teacher and mentor. Many aspiring astronomers have benefited from his expertise and enthusiasm.


“The recognition afforded to Ken by the awarding of this prestigious prize is richly deserved.”