Professor Martin Green AM, Brisbane State High School, 1965

Professor Green graduated from BSHS in 1965 as Dux of the School. He’s had a successful career working on the development of silicon solar cells. In the mid-1980s, the Solar Photovoltaics Group, a group he established, succeeded in producing a 20% efficient silicon cell.

Under his guidance, the group improved the performance of silicon solar cells by more than 50% from what had previously been considered a mature technology. His group holds a number of world records for solar cell performance. In 2010, Professor Green was awarded the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science.