Laureate Professor Adrienne Clarke AC


Professor Adrienne Clarke AC is Chancellor of La Trobe University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and is a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Clarke has served as a director for many public companies including Alcoa of Australia, Woolworths, WMC and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. She recently retired as a Director of Hexima. Professor Clarke also serves on advisory boards including the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology and the Australian Advisory Board of The Nature Conservancy.

Professor Clarke has served as President of the International Society for Plant Molecular Biology and was Chairman of the CSIRO from 1991 to 1996. She was Lieutenant Governor of Victoria from 1997 to 2000. Her work as a scientist is in the field of genetic engineering of plants, particularly creating plants resistant to insect attack and fungal diseases.