Brian Schmidt led the team that discovered dark energy – work which won him the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics. He is a Laureate Fellow and Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University. Raised in Montana and Alaska, USA, he obtained a PhD from Harvard before coming to Australia, where his passions include astrophysics and his vineyard in the hills near Canberra. Brian has won almost every possible award and distinction for his work - work that has revolutionised our understanding of the origin and fate of our universe. He is continuing his work using exploding stars to study the Universe, and is leading Australian National University's effort to build the SkyMapper telescope, a new facility that will provide a comprehensive digital map of the southern sky from ultraviolet through near infrared wavelengths.