OzGrav Deputy Director David McClelland was awarded the Walter Boas Medal by the Australian Institute of Physics for his contributions to “one of the greatest achievements in the history of physics”, the direct observation of gravitational waves. "For his role in bringing about the epochal breakthrough, and securing Australia’s place in the international collaboration that made it possible, Professor David McClelland of the Australian National University has been awarded the 2017 Walter Boas Medal by the Australian Institute of Physics."
In addition to his role in OzGrav, he is Professor of Physics, Department of Quantum Science and Director of the ANU Centre for Gravitational Physics. He is also the Chief Investigator for Australia's Partnership in Advanced LIGO. The Walter Boas Medal is awarded yearly by the AIP for excellence in research.