Kangaloon resident Dr Gregory Clark is set to receive the highest Order of Australia honour.
Dr Clark will receive Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) on Australia Day.
The award recognise Dr Clark’s eminent service to science as a physicist, researcher and academic in the area of technological development and communications, to business as an innovator and enabler of emerging technologies, and to the promotion of philanthropy.
The Companion of the Order of Australia is awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large.
Dr Clark said he felt humbled by the honour and the subsequent recognition for his field.
“I feel very honoured and excited, but I also think it’s recognition for the role of physics and science in general,” he said.
“It’s crucial for the future of this nation.”
In his early career, Dr Clark was a research staff member and group leader at the IBM research division in New York.
After about 15 years in the position, he became the president of the News Technology Group and executive committee member for News Corporation in Los Angeles.
In his role, he was responsible for News Corporation’s transformation from analogue to digital across films, television and print.
Following this role, he took up the position of president and chief operating officer of Loral Space and Communications in New York.
Dr Clark said he felt lucky to be able to contribute to his chosen field.
“Physics and science has been at the core of my life,” he said.
“I’ve always been motivated to explore the world around me. It gives you an increased understanding and awe of the universe.
“I feel very lucky and I’ve had a lot of fun.”
Dr Clark’s publications and patents include more than 130 peer-reviewed papers in physics, micro-electronics, computing and communications, as well as more than 80 internal IBM publications and 18 patents.
His most recent awards include a hall of fame membership with The Pearcey Foundation in 2012, the Einstein Medal from the Israeli government in 2005 and a Bragg fellowship with the Royal Institution since 2005.
Dr Clark has also received an Australian Centenary Medal, a fellowship with the Australian Academy of Technological Services and Engineering, a fellowship with the New York Explorers Club, a fellowship with the American Physical Society, eight major IBM corporation awards and a Pawsey Medal for Most Outstanding Young Australian Scientist from the Australian Academy of Science.