|Birth||(1956-01-28)28 January 1956(age 64) Melbourne,Victoria, Australia|
|Birth Place||(age 64) Melbourne,Victoria, Australia|
|Alma Mater||La Trobe University|
|Famous Research||Scientist, explorer and conservationist, and Australian writer on climate change.|
Events Occured in Scienctist Life
On 23 September 2013, Flannery announced that he would join other sacked commissioners to form the independent Climate Council, that would be funded entirely by the community, and continue to provide independent climate science to the Australian public.
Flannery was named Australian Humanist of the Year in 2005, and Australian of the Year in 2007.
Until mid-2013 he was a professor at Macquarie University and held the Panasonic Chair in Environmental Sustainability.
In 2015, the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue recognized Tim Flannery for using dialogue and authentic engagement to build global consensus for action around climate change.
He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at La Trobe University in 1977, and then took a change of direction to complete a Master of Science degree in Earth Science at Monash University in 1981.
In 1984, Flannery earned a doctorate at the University of New South Wales in Palaeontology for his work on the evolution of macropods (kangaroos).Flannery has held various academic positions throughout his career.
In 1999 he held the year-long visiting chair of Australian studies at Harvard University.
In 2002, Flannery was appointed as chair of South Australia's .In 2007, Flannery became professor in the Climate Risk Concentration of Research Excellence at Macquarie University.
He left Macquarie University in mid-2013.
In February 2011 it was announced that Flannery had been appointed to head the Climate Change Commission established by Prime Minister Julia Gillard to explain climate change and the need for a carbon price to the public.
On 10 February 2011, Flannery was appointed as the Chief Commissioner of the Climate Commission by the Australian Government.
On 19 September 2013, Flannery was sacked from his position as head of the Climate Commission in a phone call from new Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
By 6 October 2013, Flannery and the other commissioners had launched a new body called the Climate Council.
Through the 1990s, Flannery surveyed the mammals of Melanesia—discovering 29 new species—and took a leading role in conservation efforts in the region.
The specific name of the greater monkey-faced bat (Pteralopex flanneryi), described in 2005, honours Flannery.
In 1980, Flannery discovered dinosaur fossils on the southern coast of Victoria and in 1985 had a role in the ground-breaking discovery of Cretaceous mammal fossils in Australia.
During the 1980s, Flannery described most of the known Pleistocene megafaunal species in New Guinea as well as the fossil record of the phalangerids, a family of possums.
In 1994, Flannery published The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People.
The Future Eaters was made into a documentary series for ABC Television and was republished in late 2013.
In May 2004 Flannery said, in light of the city's water crisis, that, "I think there is a fair chance Perth will be the 21st century's first ghost metropolis"., a warning reiterated in 2007.
In April 2005, he said, "water is going to be in short supply across the eastern states".
In June 2005 warning that "the ongoing drought could leave Sydney's dams dry in just two years".
In September 2005 Flannery said, "There are hot rocks in South Australia that potentially have enough embedded energy in them to run Australia's economy for the best part of a century".
Subsequently, in 2007, an exploration company was established.
In 2010, the Federal Government provided the company with another $90m for the development work.
In August 2016, the geothermal energy project closed as it was not financially viable.
In October 2006 Flannery quoted a US Navy study stating that, there may be, "no Arctic icecap in Summer in the next five to 15 years.
In 2019 Flannery said, "Sadly, I've been aware of for a long time.
The Weather Makers was honoured in 2006 as 'Book of the Year' at the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.
Flannery's work in raising the profile of environmental issues was key to his being named Australian of the Year in 2007.
Flannery was in support of nuclear power as a possible solution for reducing Australia's carbon emissions; however, in 2007 changed his position against it.
In May 2007 he told a business gathering in Sydney that while nuclear energy does have a role elsewhere in the world, Australia's abundance of renewable resources rule out the need for nuclear power in the near term.
In May 2008 Flannery created controversy by suggesting that sulphur could be dispersed into the atmosphere to help block the sun leading to global dimming, in order to counteract the effects of global warming.
In August 2017 Flannery hosted an episode of ABC Catalyst investigating how carefully managed seaweed growth could contribute to combating climate change via the sequestration of atmospheric carbon to the ocean floor.
This explored the details of the book he published in July 2017, 'Sunlight and Seaweed: An Argument for How to Feed, Power and Clean Up the World'.
In January 2018 Flannery appeared on the ABC's Science program exploring whether humans are becoming a new 'Mass Extinction Event', in addition to outlining the '5 Things You Need to Know About Climate Change'.
When, in the concluding chapters of The Future Eaters (1994), Flannery discusses how to "utilise our few renewable resources in the least destructive way", he remarks that A far better situation for conservation in Australia would result from a policy which allows exploitation of all of our biotic heritage, provided that it all be done in a sustainable manner. ...
In late 2007, Flannery suggested that the Japanese whaling involving the relatively common minke whale may be sustainable:
His advocacy on two issues in particular, population levels and carbon emissions, culminated in being named Australian of the Year (2007) at a time when environmental issues were becoming prominent in Australian public debate.
In 2009, Flannery joined the project "Soldiers of Peace", a move against all wars and for a global peace.
In July 2018 he played a role in the Kwaio Reconciliation programme in the Solomon Islands, which put an end to a 91-year-old cycle of killings that stemmed from the murders in 1927 of British Colonial officers Bell and Gillies by Kwaio leader Basiana and his followers.
First environmental scientist to deliver the Australia Day address to the nation (2002).
- Edgeworth David Medal for outstanding research in zoology
- Centenary of Federation Medal for his services to Australian science
- Colin Roderick Award, Foundation for Australian Literary Studies for Tree Kangaroos (1996)
- First environmental scientist to deliver the Australia Day address to the nation (2002).
- Australian Humanist of the Year (2005)
- NSW Australian of the Year (2006)
- Australian of the Year (2007)
- NSW Premier's Literary Prizes for Best Critical Writing and Book of the Year (The Weather Makers, 2006).
- US Lannan Award for Non-fiction works (2006).
- The New York Times Best Seller list (The Weather Makers)
- Order of Saint-Charles, Monaco
- Leidy Award (2010)
- Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (2012)
- Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue (2015/2016).