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Biographical entry Ekers, Ronald David (1941 - )

FAA, FRS

Born
18 September 1941
Victor Harbour, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Radio astronomer

Summary

Ronald David Ekers is a Federation Fellow at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Australia Telescope National Facility. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Foreign Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science, a Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society and President of the International Astronomical Union. Throughout his illustrious career, Ekers has also been involved with a phenomenal number of committees and associations and has held prestigious positions in Europe and in the United States of America.

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Events

1963
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of Adelaide
1967
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the Australian National University in Canberra
1967 - 1970
Career position - Researcher at the California Institute of Technology, USA
1970 - 1971
Career position - Scientist at the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy in Cambridge, UK
1971 -
Career position - Member of the International Astronomical Union
1971 - 1980
Career position - Scientist at the Kapteyn Laboratory in Groningen, The Netherlands
1975 - 1980
Career position - Member of the Board of Directors of the Netherlands Foundation for Radio Astronomy
1979 - 1980
Career position - Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Institute of Millimeter Astronomy in France
1980 - 1987
Career position - Director of VLA Operations at Socorro, USA
1980 - 1988
Career position - Assistant Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico, USA
1981 - 1988
Career position - Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico, USA
1988 -
Career position - Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University
1988 - 2003
Career position - Foundation Director of the Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1992 -
Career position - Member of the National Committee for Astronomy (Australia)
1993 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1993 -
Career position - Foreign Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science
2003 -
Career position - Federation Fellow at the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility
2003
Award - Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society
2003 - 2006
Career position - President of the International Astronomical Union
2005
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)

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Published resources

Books

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Australian Astronomers: Achievements at the Frontiers of Astronomy, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1996, 243 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Ekers, R. D., 'John Bolton's Variable-baseline Interferometer and the Structure of Radio Galaxies', Australian Journal of Physics, vol. 47, no. 5, 1994, pp. 569-576. Details
  • Frater, R. H. and Ekers, R. D., 'John Paul Wild AC CBE FAA FTSE. 17 May 1923 - 10 May 2008', Biographical Memoirs Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 58, 2012, pp. 327-46. Details
  • Frater, R. H. and Ekers, R. D., 'John Paul Wild 1923-2008', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 23, 2012, pp. 212-27. Details

Online Resources

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