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Biographical entry Frater, Robert Henry (Bob) (1937 - )

AO, FAA, FTSE

Born
12 August 1937
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Engineer

Summary

Bob Frater is Vice President for Innovation at ResMed Ltd. He currently holds several other consulting and Board positions. Frater has researched electronics, telecommunications, radioastronomy instrumentation, electroacoustics and biomedical devices for over 40 years. He was responsible for ground-breaking techniques in instrumentation and systems for radioastronomy and optical astronomy and obtained funding and directed the construction of the Australia Telescope at Narrabri, NSW. In the 1980s and 90s, he played critical roles in CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) as a science administrator. Bob Frater has been awarded many honors for his work.

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1954 - 1959
Career position - Trainee Engineer at AWA Ltd. (Amalgamated Wireless Australasia)
1958
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1958 - 1960
Education - Bachelor of Engineering (BE) completed at the University of Sydney
1960
Career position - Engineer with the Overseas Telecommunications Commission
1960 - 1961
Career position - Applications Engineer at Ducon Industries
1961 - 1963
Career position - Research Assistant then Senior Research Assistant in the School of Engineering at the University of Sydney
1963 - 1967
Career position - Nuttfield Research Fellow at the University of Sydney
1967
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Sydney
1968 - 1974
Career position - Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at the University of Sydney
1972
Award - Fellow of the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers, Australia (FIREE)
1972
Career position - Member of the International Astronomical Union
1974 - 1980
Career position - Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Sydney
1978
Award - Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Australia (FIE Aust)
1979 -
Career position - Member of the International Astronomical Union
1980
Award - Norman W.V. Hayes Medal received from the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers
1980
Career position - Chief Designate of the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Radiophysics
1980
Career position - Professor Director of Fleurs Observatory (University of Sydney)
1980 - 1986
Career position - Chairman of the National Committee for Radio Sciences of the Australian Academy of Science (Member 1976 -1980)
1981 - 1988
Career position - Chief of the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics
1982 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1982
Education - Doctor of Science in Engineering (DScEng) received from the University of Sydney
1982 - 1988
Career position - Director of the Australian Telescope Project and Chair of the Australian Telescope Advisory Committee
1983
Award - Pawsey Lecturer for the Australian Institute of Physics
1984 -
Career position - Member of the Australian Optical Society
1984
Award - Centennial Medal for Radioastronomy and Electroacoustics received from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
1984
Career position - Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Inc. USA
1984 - 1987
Career position - Vice-Chairman of Commission J of the International Union of Radio Science
1985
Career position - Member of the COSPAR (Committee On Space Research) ad hoc Committee of Space VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry)
1985 - 1988
Career position - Member of the Very Long Baseline Array Advisory Committee of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, USA
1986 - 1989
Career position - Chair of the Australian Telecommunications and Electronics Research Board / Radio Research Board (Member from 1981, Deputy Chairman from 1984)
1987 -
Career position - Member of the National Committee for Astronomy for the Australian Academy of Science
1987 - 1990
Career position - Chairman of Commission J of the International Union of Radio Science
1988
Award - Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia (FASA)
1988
Career position - Director of Ausonics Pty. Ltd.
1988 - 1989
Career position - Director of Siromath Pty Ltd
1988 - 1996
Career position - Director of the CSIRO Institute of Information Science and Engineering
1989 -
Career position - Member of the Australia Telescope Steering Committee
1989 - 1990
Career position - Director of The Preston Group Pty. Ltd.
1989 - 1991
Career position - Director of Triune Pty. Ltd.
1989 - 1993
Career position - Chairman of the Anglo-Australian Telescope Board (Member since 1981)
1991 - 1992
Career position - Director of the Australian Computing and Communications Institute
1991 - 1993
Career position - Director of the Technology Development Corporation Board of South Australia
1992 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1993 - 1995
Career position - Chairman of IR&D Board Information, Communications & Electronics Committee (Member from 1991-1993)
1995
Career position - Member of the Review Committee for CSIRO
1995 - 1997
Career position - Director of AWA Ltd.
1996
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
1996 - 1997
Career position - Vice President of the Australian Academy of Science (Member of Council from 1995-1997)
1997 - 1999
Career position - Deputy Chief Executive of CSIRO
1998 - 1999
Career position - Director of XRT Pty Ltd
1999 -
Career position - Vice-President for Innovation at ResMed Ltd.
1999
Education - Doctor of Science honoris causa (Hon DSc) received from Macquarie University in New South Wales
1999 - 2000
Career position - Special Adviser to the Chief Executive of CSIRO
1999 - 2004
Career position - Member of Council at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
1999 - 2004
Career position - Adjunct Professor of Electronics at Macquarie University
2000 -
Career position - Chief Technology Officer at Innovation Capital Associates Pty. Ltd.
2000 -
Career position - Chair of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Consortium
2001 - 2004
Career position - Member of the Australian Astronomy Board of Management
2001 - 2004
Career position - Board member of RMIT International University in Vietnam
2002 -
Career position - Council member of the Australian Academy of Science
2002 -
Career position - Director of Neuromonics Limited
2003 -
Career position - Board member of the Australian Business Foundation
2004 -
Career position - Vice President and Secretary of Physical Sciences at the Australian Academy of Science
2005 -
Career position - Member of the CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) Committee of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training

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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

  • 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
  • Frater, R. H. and Goss, W. M., 'Wilbur Norman Christiansen 1913-2007', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 22, 2011, pp. 215-28. Details

Online Resources

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