Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt has joined the board of the Australian Wine Research Institute.
Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt has joined the board of the Australian Wine Research Institute. Photo: Karleen Minney

Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt appears to have the capacity to live many lives at once, seemingly on a never-ending plane flight around the world while at the same time making wine and looking after a budding trufferie at Sutton, where he still fires up the pizza oven on weekends, keeps a bread starter alive, and does plenty of family cooking.

Plus Schmidt works as an astrophysicist at the ANU (where he tweeted after the latest Australian Research Council funding round: “For all those AUS scientists who missed out in the @arc_gov_au round, if it provides consolation, I liked my proposal that didn't get up too”, which seems extraordinary).

Among Schmidt's posts, healso serves on three government advisory boards. Now, he’s added another job to the list, joining the board of the Australian Wine Research Institute.

Schmidt brings to the board “a unique combination of scientific excellence, wine industry knowledge and relevant board experience”, chairman Peter Dawson says, and that about sums it up.