New defence scientist

Australia's new chief defence scientist is Dr Alexander Zelinsky, an expert in information technology with the CSIRO.

Australia's new chief defence scientist is Dr Alexander Zelinsky, an expert in information technology with the CSIRO.

Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon said Dr Zelinsky was an internationally recognised scientist who had made substantial technical contributions, in addition to providing leadership to the high-technology community.

"Since joining the CSIRO in 2004, Dr Zelinsky's focus was on building the research capabilities of his group to address Australian national challenges, particularly in energy, health, agriculture, mining and environment sectors," he said.

Dr Zelinsky will take on the job of chief scientist and head of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation next year, taking over from Professor Robert Clark, who announced his retirement in August.

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