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Catherine P. Foley

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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Dr. Cathy Foley is a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Research Program Leader in Materials Physics with CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering. She is developing High and Low Temperature Superconducting systems for Mineral Exploration, detection of metal for quality assurance in manufacturing, electrode-less heart monitors and remote detection of contra band at airports. This multiple million-dollar project assisted with the discovery and delineation of the BHP Cannington Silver mine and her team is currently commercialising their systems. Her group were the first team to successfully fly superconducting systems. Cathy has a world class reputation in her field being a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK and President of the Australian Institute of Physics.

Dr. Foley is well known for her interests in physics, science education, women in science, science in the media (she was a regular weekly guest on ABC radio 2BL radio for 5 years). She has been recently involved in developing the passion for science within CSIRO and renewing what it is to be a scientist. She was awarded the Public Service Medal and Eureka Prize in 2005 and is the IEEE CSC 2007-2008 Distinguished Lecturer, which is an international  honour.
Award Recipient
For continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconductor electronic applications, in particular,
  • for the development of a novel form of YBCO, grain boundary Josephson junction and its incorporation into  sensitive HTS SQUID magnetometer systems,
  • for the development and commercialization of the LANDTEM geophysical survey system that has located  mineral deposits worth more than US$ 6 billion, and
  • for her service to the applied superconductivity community through service on numerous committees and boards, including those promoting the recruiting and mentoring of women in science and engineering.