Portrait of Gustav Nossal

Gustav Nossal

Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE is one of Australia’s most celebrated science and medical research leaders.

An eminent immunologist and biologist, Sir Gustav is a former director of Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (1965–96), where he now serves as Patron. He has been an energetic warrior for global health, including long-standing service to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sir Gustav’s numerous awards, in addition to scientific honours, include a knighthood for his pioneering work in immunology (1977), a Companion of the Order of Australia (1989) and Australian of the Year (2000). He was named as one of Australia’s 100 Living National Treasures.

Sir Gustav’s outgoing personality and great gift for communication, coupled with a formidable scientific intellect, have made him one of Australia's foremost advocates for science. His influence and vision have created an enduring legacy.