Professor Brian P. Schmidt took up the position of Vice-Chancellor and President of ANU in January 2016. Professor Schmidt is the 12th ANU Vice- Chancellor.
Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Masters degree (1992) and PhD (1993) at Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search Team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the United States National Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.