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Biographical entry Bilek, Marcela (1968 - )

Prof.

Born
20 January 1968
Prague, Czech Republic
Occupation
Educator and Physicist

Summary

Marcela Bilek is a physicist who is a leading specialist in engineering new high performance materials.

In 2000 she became University of Sydney's first female Professor of Applied Physics. She was also the University's youngest Professor to date.

Details

Bilek's research has applications in many different sectors.

Her work micro-engineering surface properties has been applied in the area of solar energy production. She has also pioneered the use of biologically active plasmas on the surfaces of bio-medical devices and implants to make them less prone to cause infection. This is known as 'Biological cloaking'.

Events

1986
Award - Science Foundation for Physics Scholarship
1987
Award - G.S. Caird Scholarship in Computer Science
1987
Award - Cadbury-Julius Sumner Miller Scholarship in Physics
1988 - 1989
Award - IBM Prize for Computer Science. Location: Japan
1989
Award - Ian Jackson Memorial Prize for Computer Science
1989
Award - Cadbury-Julius Sumner Miller Scholarship in Physics
1989
Award - Walter Burfitt Scholarship for Physics
1989
Award - W.I.B. Smith Prize in Physics (shared)
1990
Award - Australian Institute of Physics NSW Branch Prize for Physics Honours
1990
Education - Completed Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Sydney
1991 - 1993
Career position - Industrial Research Scientist at Comalco Research Centre, Melbourne
1993
Award - Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Reduction Technology Award
1993 - 1996
Award - Peterhouse Research Studentship
1993 - 1996
Award - Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Honorary Packer Scholarship
1996
Education - Completed Ph.D. At University of Cambridge, England
1996 - 2000
Award - Emmanuel Research Fellowship -grant for independent research
1996 - 2000
Career position - Research Fellow, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, England
1997
Award - Best paper at ICMCTF (the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings & Thin Films), San Diego
1997 - 2000
Career position - Visiting Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California USA
2000 -
Career position - Appointed Professor of Applied Physics, University of Sydney
2000
Education - Completed MBA at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
2001
Award - Young Tall Poppy Award for achievement in Science
2002
Award - Royal Society of New South Wales Edgeworth David Medal
2002
Award - Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
2003 - 2008
Award - Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Hooker, Claire, Irresistible Forces: Australian Women in Science, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2004, 215 pp. Details

Online Resources

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