Steve Irwin to be awarded posthumous professorship

November 14th, 2007 - 10:17 am ICT by admin  
Irwin’s wife Terry will accept the award on his behalf on 14 November, when the university holds a free public lecture about her husband, entitled ‘Tracking Crocodiles in Three Dimensions’.

“Notification of the honour was waiting for Steve at Australia Zoo, but sadly he never returned to find out the good news,” quoted university crocodile expert and Irwin’s close friend Craig Franklin as saying.

“This presentation now gives us the opportunity to publicly recognise his remarkable contribution to research and conservation,” he added.

The website has also reported that the award will be made on the eve of the first Steve Irwin Day.

“I am very proud because this honours Steve as a scientist in his own right and recognises Steve’s ongoing research work,” Terry said.

It was reported last year that the university wanted to make Irwin an adjunct professor in its School of Integrative Biology in honour of his scientific research.

However, Irwin died before he could accept the award.

Prof Franklin worked with Irwin as part of the ‘Crocs in Space’ crocodile satellite tracking project set up in Queensland five years ago. Their discoveries led scientists to rethink theories about how the reptiles live. (ANI)

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