Professor Malcolm Walter
Emeritus Professor
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+61 428 111 251

Malcolm Walter is the Founding Director of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology first based at Macquarie University and now at UNSW. He has worked for 50 years on the geological evidence of early life on Earth, including the earliest convincing evidence of life. He has been funded by NASA in their "exobiology" and "astrobiology" programs, focusing on microbial life in high temperature ecosystems, and the search for life on Mars. For many years he was a member of the Executive Council of NASA's Astrobiology Institute. During 1999 his book "The Search for Life on Mars" was published by Allen & Unwin. He has published more than 150 articles and several other books. He has also worked as an oil exploration consultant and a consultant to museums, and was curator of a special Centenary of Federation exhibition on space exploration (for the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and Museum Victoria). In 2004 Malcolm was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and in 2017 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.