Assistive technology pioneer honoured – Greg Tegart

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Assistive technology pioneer honoured – Greg Tegart

A leading scientist and advocate for smart assistive technologies for the aged and disabled has been awarded ACT Senior Australian of the Year, and has called for a more unified health technology sector.

Professor Greg Tegart, co-chair of the recent Assistive Health Technologies for Independent Living report, told AAA Technology Review he was “completely overwhelmed” upon receiving the award last Monday evening in Canberra.

“It’s just fantastic,” he said. “I never had any thought that this might happen to me.”

Professor Tegart has had a formidable career spanning many areas of science and technology, including metallurgy, engineering and advanced materials. He has had substantial influence on science policy in Australia, having held senior executive and policy positions within the Federal Government, the CSIRO and industry, and headed the APEC Centre for Technology Foresight in Bangkok for over 10 years. Among his many achievements was leading Australia’s initial climate change delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and helping to establish the IPCC in Geneva, a feat recognised in the IPCC’s award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

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