Professor Ian Chubb was Chief Scientist for Australia from May 2011 to January 2016.
Prior to that, Professor Chubb was Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University; Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University of South Australia and the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Provost) of Monash University for two years. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics for 16 months.
Professor Chubb was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong and Honorary Professor of Biology, and worked at Flinders University, Oxford University and the University of Ghent, Belgium.
Professor Chubb’s research focused on the neurosciences.
In 1999 Professor Chubb was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and a Companion (AC) in the order in 2006 for “service to higher education, including research and development policy in the pursuit of advancing the national interest socially, economically, culturally and environmentally, and to the facilitation of a knowledge-based global economy”.
Professor Chubb was the ACT’s Australian of the Year in 2011. He has been awarded six honorary doctorates: a DSc by Flinders University in 2000; a D.Litt by Charles Darwin University and a D.Univ by the Australian National University, both in 2011; an LLD by Monash University in 2012, a D.Univ by the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2014 and an LLD by the University of Melbourne in 2015.
He was elected a Fellow of the Australian College of Education in 2008 and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales in 2014.
He was awarded the Academy Medal of the Australian Academy of Science in 2016 and was elected Fellow of the Academy in 2017. He is a member of the Council of the Academy of Science, chairs its Education Committee and is a member of its Policy Advisory Committee.
He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001, the Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion by Indiana University in 2011 and the Academy Medal of the Australian Academy of Science in 2016.