Director, Centre for Quantum Computer Technology.
Professor, Experimental Physics (Chair) and Scientia Professor.
Australian Government Federation Fellow.
Robert Clark's early career involved 10 years service as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy (1969-79), during which he undertook his BSc degree at the Royal Australian Naval College, Jervis Bay and UNSW. He served in 8 RAN ships and completed an Operations and Weapons course on exchange with the Royal Navy, UK. RAN qualifications included a Full Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate and RAN Ships Diving Officer. Promoted to Lieutenant. On resigning from the RAN he completed a PhD in Physics at UNSW and the Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford.
After a postdoctoral research position at the Clarendon he was appointed University Lecturer in Physics at the University of Oxford and Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford in 1984. During this period he headed a research group at the Clarendon Laboratory investigating quantum effects in advanced semiconductor systems, in particular the fractional quantum Hall effect. He returned to Australia in 1991 to take up the position of Professor of Experimental Physics at UNSW, where he founded and established the National Magnet Laboratory and Semiconductor Nanofabrication Facility. These facilities provide an Australian capability to fabricate sophisticated semiconductor nanostructure devices and to measure their quantum properties. He was appointed Director of the ARC Special Research Centre for Quantum Computer Technology in 2000 (ARC Centre of Excellence from 2003). He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Solid State Communications and has been the Australian representative for nanotechnology, International Union of Vacuum Science.
Robert has received a number of awards and distinctions. In the RAN he received the EE Mayo Prize for top academic performance at the Royal Australian Naval College and the RAN (RNZN) Navigation Prize. At Oxford he received a Wolfson award in 1988 for prestigious research and was conferred UK Mott Lecturer at the European Physical Society Meeting in 1991 for his research in condensed matter physics. In 1994 he was elected Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University, and in 1998 was awarded the Walter Boas Medal of the Australian Institute of Physics. In 2000, he was honoured with the title Scientia Professor at the University of NSW. In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and was a recipient of an inaugural Federation Fellowship by the Australian Government. In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal and was selected in the Bulletin Magazine's Australian "smart 100 list" for innovation and achievement.