Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE, arrived in Australia with his family from pre-war Vienna as a child refugee. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 1955 and gained a PhD in 1960. He was knighted in 1977 and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1989 for his services to medicine, science and the community. Sir Gus has been awarded the Albert Einstein World Medal of Science (1990), been named an Australian Living National Treasure (1997), and Australian of the Year (2000). He has been active in global health and health promotion, engineering and innovation and Aboriginal reconciliation.