A self-described ‘specialised zoologist,’ Laureate Professor Roger Smith is keen on understanding the idiosyncrasies, interactions and inner workings of multiple animal species but especially human. Laureate Professor Roger Smith is a man of many talents and interests. As the Co-Director of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science, and the Director of the University’s Mothers and Babies Research Centre and the Department of Endocrinology at John Hunter Hospital, he’s also a man with many responsibilities. Not limiting himself to a singular field, the passionate academic freely studies “anything and everything” that sparks his intrigue. “These range from explorations of potential new treatments for women in premature labour and women with postpartum haemorrhage, to the use of nanoparticles to treat thyroid and ovarian cancers.” Roger recalls having this affinity for the natural world from a young age. Working on the proviso that the “proof is in the picture,” the esteemed educator tells of a photograph of his toddler-self feeding elephants, and its importance in kick starting ...