Renowned physicist Professor Bruce McKellar has also been recognised with an AC.
He is an honorary professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale.
He is an internationally recognised physicist and an accomplished administrator and facilitator of research policy development and international collaborations.
He joined the University of Melbourne as the Professor of Theoretical Physics where he published his definitive study on nucleon forces, famously known as "Tuscon-Melbourne" force.
branched out into quantum physics and is also known for the "McKellar Wilkens" phase, a seminal quantum physics theory.
work has applications in photography, atmospherics physics and geophysics, and implications for pure mathematics.
achievements include being an instrumental member of the first Australian Research Council
, Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science
and contributed to the United Nations Conference on sustainable development.
University of Melbourne
Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis congratulated Professors Berkovic and McKellar
on their recognition.
"On behalf of the University of Melbourne
and the wider Australian community, I congratulate Professors Berkovic and McKellar
on being named a Companion of the Order of Australia," he said.