Geoff McNamara does not remember a time when he didnâ€™t love science and is now sharing that passion with the next generation of budding scientists.
The teacher of 31 years has been made a member of the Order of Australia for his service to secondary science and astronomy education in Mondayâ€™s Queenâ€™s Birthday honours.
It remains a mystery to Mr McNamara who nominated him, and he said the recognition came as a huge surprise.
â€śItâ€™s a recognition of teaching as a role in our society and I think thatâ€™s sometimes a little bit overlooked,” he said.
The author of 100 papers for science magazines and winner of numerous teaching awards has a telescope named in part after him, after his role developing it as an education resource.