Robyn Williams AO
Legendary science presenter, journalist and author
Robyn Williams is a science journalist and presenter of Radio National’s Ockham’s Razor and The Science Show, one of the longest running programs on Australian radio. In 2015, The Science Show celebrated its 40th anniversary with Robyn at the helm. A fascinating and engaging presenter, he infuses his presentations with wit and humour – and has the enviable ability to make science interesting and fascinating for almost anyone.
Robyn Williams is as prominent on radio as he is on television, having narrated programs such as Nature of Australia and appeared on World Safari with David Attenborough. He has conducted countless interviews with scientists for ABC TV on programs such as Quantum and Catalyst and he hosted a link between leading scientists of Australia and the United Kingdom at the Grand Launch for the Royal Institution of Great Britain, attended by David Attenborough and the Queen.
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Robyn Williams is highly respected in the academic world. In 1993 he was the first journalist elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 1988, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the Universities of Sydney, Macquarie and Deakin. The ANU awarded him a Doctorate of Law, and he is a Visiting Professor at the University of NSW and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland.
Robyn Williams was appointed AM in the 1988 Australian Bicentenary Honours list, elected a National Living Treasure by the National Trust in 1987 and even has a star named after him by the Sydney Observatory. Robyn has served in various positions including President of the Australian Museum Trust, Deputy Chairman of the Commission For The Future, and President of The ANZAAS Congress. He is an Ambassador of the Queensland Museum Foundation.
Robyn Williams has written over 10 books, the latest being a novel, 2007: A True Story Waiting To Happen. In 1994, Robyn Williams took up a Reuters Fellowship at Oxford University where he wrote his autobiography And Now For Something Completely Different, in deference to one of his most popular interviews with John Cleese on psychiatry. He has written more than 10 books, including novels.
Although Robyn Williams graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in England, he admits to having spent as much time acting as he has studying. Early in his career he made guest appearances in The Goodies, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Dr Who and stood in for Tom Jones for four months in his TV series.
A superb communicator whose penetrating interpretations are enhanced by a lively wit, Robyn’s unique mix of humour and fact is both stimulating and entertaining.
Articulate, thoughtful and witty. Robyn was both challenging and entertaining.
-National Parks and Wildlife Society
Wow! Robyn was wonderful - just what the luncheon needed - humour & information.
-Institution of Engineers
Robyn is an inspirational speaker. He had a great feel for the audience and added considerable value to the conference.
-Reed Business Publishing
The guests thoroughly enjoyed the forums. They were lively, entertaining and informative and the audience loved the group dynamic you helped to nurture. We could not have achieved this level of success without your preparation and support.
-Queensland Government Science Dept
Robyn was able to match the topic and tone of his anecdotes with the audience, which was a very specific group of people: passionate geologists! It's no easy feat to appeal to a group of specialists, but Robyn nailed it.
Totally enthralling. Audience at the Congress were totally challenged and stimulated with the big picture.
-Botanic Gardens Australia & New Zealand
Robyn was very well received and I would personally like to thank him for the obvious amount of time and effort he put into his speech relating it to our event. He was nothing short of professional.
-.au Domain Administration Ltd
Very well received; lots of great feedback about his MCing & his engagement with the audience. The Victorian science community were thrilled to have him in attendance.
-The C Word
Fantastic - very engaged audience, had a great time.