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Pope appoints Australian to Pontifical Academy

Pope John Paul II has appointed Professor Suzanne Cory of Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which celebrated its 400th anniversary last year, advises the Holy Father on issues relating to the "hard sciences" such as biology, chemistry and technology.

The announcement was made on Saturday and published by the Vatican Information Service.

Born in 1942, Professor Cory has been director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute since 1996. She is also professor of Medical Biology at the University of Melbourne. Apart from three years of postdoctoral studies at the University of Geneva, she spent all of her working life at the Hall Institute, where she previously spent eight years as Joint Head of the Molecular Biology Unit with her husband Jerry Adams.

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS (Vatican Information Service 19/4/04)

Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute | Professor Suzanne Cory
Cory, Suzanne (Bright Sparcs)
Interview: Suzanne Cory (Widenet Journal Nov 1997)

20 Apr 2004