Lifetime award for Griffith School of Environment professor

Professor Lex Brown, from the Griffith School of Environment, has received the UK Noise Abatement Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his international work in environmental acoustics.

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Professor Lex Brown and Pro Vice Chancellor (Griffith Sciences) Professor Debra Henly (Photo credit: Griffith University)

The award was presented at the recent John Connell Awards 2015 Ceremony, held in the Palace of Westminster in London.

It honours key individuals who have made outstanding contributions to raising the profile of noise pollution as a critical environmental issue, and who have worked tirelessly over the course of their careers to effect solutions for the public benefit.

The award is the latest in a series of honours for Professor Brown, who since joining Griffith University in 1980 has led the emphasis on integrated assessment, namely the adaptation of environmental assessment tools to effectively integrate with planning activities including project development, plan-making, policy development and international development assistance.

In 2014, Professor Brown travelled to Chile to receive the prestigious Rose-Hulman Award for his international contribution to impact assessment. Also that year he received the Sustainability Excellence Award at the Pro Vice Chancellor’s Griffith Sciences Excellence Awards.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Griffith Sciences) Professor Debra Henly congratulated Professor Brown on his latest success.

“This is a huge honour and very well-deserved recognition for Professor Brown’s outstanding contribution over many years,” she said.

The John Connell Awards are named after the Noise Abatement Society’s founder, who lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through the British Parliament in 1960.

The annual awards, also known as the “Noise Oscars,” acknowledge the importance of the quality of sound in our lives, and champion vital advances in reducing the negative impact of unnecessary noise for the public benefit.


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