Dr John Boldeman.
Dr John Boldeman.

'Old boys' do us proud

TWO FORMER Fraser Coast boys who grew up to do great things have been recognised for their contribution to science and technology.

The ATSE Clunies Ross Awards acknowledge the achievements of the country's best scientists and technologists whose work has made a difference to the Australian economy, society or environment.

Nuclear scientist John Boldeman grew up in Maryborough and attended Maryborough Christian Brothers School, now St Mary's College, until his senior years when he attended Nudgee College. His family owned a shop on Adelaide Street that still bears their name.

He grew up to be one of Australia's most innovative scientists and worked for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation for 41 years.

He now lives in Sydney.

Dr Boldeman received a lifetime contribution award for his work on the ANTARES Tandem Accelerator and the Australian Synchotron.

MineWare chief executive Andrew Jesset also spent his younger days in the Fraser Coast.

He lived in Hervey Bay as a teenager, finished Year 12 in the Bay and then went to Brisbane to study mechanical and space engineering.

Mr Jessett went on to found MineWare, a leading mining software company.

He is still a young man at just 33 but he leads a team of about 20 staff, with plans to expand the business. Mr Jessett received an award for his contribution to mining technology.

Both men attended the awards dinner and ceremony in Melbourne last week, along with about 400 of the country's leading researchers, engineers, business leaders and academics.

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