Physics expert elected to Australian Academy of Science

23 May 2016
Professor Rubinsztein-Dunlop.

Physics academic and former Head of School, Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, is among 21 new Australian Academy of Science Fellows announced in Canberra on May 23.

Professor Rubinsztein-Dunlop is the 35th UQ academic elected to the Academy.

Election to the academy is reserved for researchers whose achievements are of international significance and who demonstrate a commitment to disseminating scientific knowledge to the broader community.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said that Professor Rubinsztein-Dunlop is recognised internationally for her achievements in quantum atom optics, laser micromanipulation, laser physics, linear and nonlinear high resolution spectroscopy, and nano-optics, Professor Høj said.

Head of School Professor Joe Grotowski congratulated Professor Rubinsztein-Dunlop on her election to the learned academy.”This is a fitting recognition of Halina’s sustained excellence and leadership across a broad range of areas of physics research,” Professor Grotowski said.

She is Director of UQ’s Quantum Science Laboratory and a Program Manager in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

She was Head of UQ’s School of Mathematics and Physics from 2006-2014 and has previously served as Head of Physics.

Professor Rubinsztein-Dunlop obtained her PhD degree from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. She also holds a Docent Degree from the same University. 

She moved to The University of Queensland in 1989 where she established a large research team actively involved in several areas of laser science. Her research interests are in laser physics, laser micromanipulation, atom optics, quantum science, linear and nonlinear high resolution laser spectroscopy, and nano-optics. She is well known as one of the originators of laser enhanced ionization spectroscopy, and for her work in laser micromanipulation and atom optics. 

She has over 250 publications in international peer refereed journals as well as books and other media. She delivers frequent lectures to scientific organisations and societies worldwide. She is regularly interviewed by the mainstream media and has made many television and radio appearances.

She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Japan, a member of the Editorial Boards of IOP Journal of Optics, Journal of Biophotonics, OSA Journal Optica,  and a Member of the Advisory Board of Laser Beckmann Institute. She was the AIP 2003 Women in Physics Lecturer. She is a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and a Fellow of OSA, a leading international professional society in optics and photonics.