This award honours the unique contribution to NIR spectroscopy in Australia and to the development of ANISG by Anthony Bernard (Tony) Blakeney (1948-2015). Tony was an eminent and highly cited grain scientist and carbohydrate chemist, and in the 1980s he recognised that NIR-based analyses could aid the production of more and higher quality cereals. Tony collaborated widely with numerous scientists and with the rice and wheat
industries. He initiated, conducted and encouraged basic and applied research which led to NIR spectroscopy being the chosen analytical technology in cereal breeding programmes and by the cereal grains industry in Australia. Tony was ANISG Treasurer from its inception in 1988 until 2015 and was recognised as a champion of learned societies and their importance in scientific development.
2018 Peter Flinn