Professor Ron EkersProfessor Ron Ekers (CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science)

Ron graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1963 and gained his PhD in astronomy at the Australian National University in 1967.

His professional career has taken him to the California Institute of Technology, the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy in Cambridge, England, the Kapteyn Laboratory in Groningen, The Netherlands, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, New Mexico, USA. He was director of the VLA, the major national radio telescope in the USA, from 1980 until 1987.

Ron was appointed Foundation Director of CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility in 1988 and he continued in this role until 1 March 2003, when he took up a Federation Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council.

He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a Foreign Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science in 1993, a Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society in 2003 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005. He is a past President of the International Astronomical Union.

Ron's research interests include extragalactic astronomy, especially cosmology, galactic nuclei and radio astronomical techniques. He thinks outside the box.

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