Professor Robert Breakspere.
Professor Robert Breakspere. File

Robert awarded for work

TO Professor Robert Breakspere, there is nothing else in life but research, and “golf of course.”

The emeritus 70-year-old has an extensive and successful past in researching Nuclear Science and Engineering in both Australia and overseas.

Today Professor Breakspere was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to science and technology as an academic and researcher.

Now retired and enjoying his lifestyle in Yeppoon, Professor Breakspere yesterday said he was quietly proud to be awarded, and that it was nice to have recognition for his achievements.

Professor Breakspere said his interest in researching started from high school and developed into a passion.

“You focus on what you are interested in and then you become an expert on the things you are fascinated by,” he said.

After moving to Melbourne from the UK in 1976 to work for the CSIRO, Professor Breakspere developed an interest in the detection of alcohol in the breath and blood, and jointly developed a Breath Alcohol Activated Interlock system in 1986.

He was the co-Author of The Art of Sensible Drinking and author of a number of papers on alcohol, drugs and radiation chemistry.

He also researched into nuclear science and fuel cells and received a number of awards for his work.

He became the Dean of Science at the University of Technology in Sydney in the early 90s and noticed there was a growing need to train Australia’s forensic scientists.

Professor Breakspere said he was most proud when he was involved in developing the first forensic science degree in Australia.

“It was academic development but it was something that I thought was really fabulous,” he said.

He also founded research centres.

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