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Biographical entry Freeman, Kenneth Charles (1940 - )

AC, FRS, FAA

Born
27 August 1940
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Astronomer

Summary

Ken Freeman is widely recognised as an eminent galactic astronomer and a world-leader on investigations into dark matter. He is Duffield Professor and Distinguished Professor at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University. He is located at the Mount Stromlo Observatory in Canberra where he researches and observes galaxies, dark matter and globular clusters. Freeman has also held many visiting appointments at overseas institutes, has served on numerous committees and boards, has published widely and is a member of some of the world's leading scientific bodies including the Royal Society of London.

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1962
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of Western Australia
1965
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK
1965 - 1969
Career position - Research Fellow at Trinity College in Cambridge
1966 -
Career position - Foundation Member, Astronomical Society of Australia
1966
Career position - Post-Doctoral Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Texas and McDonald Observatory, USA
1967 - 1970
Career position - Astronomer and Queen Elizabeth Fellow at the Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories, The Australian National University in Canberra
1970 - 1974
Career position - Fellow at the Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories
1972
Award - Pawsey Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
1976
Career position - Senior Scientist at the Kapteyn Laboratory in Groningen, The Netherlands
1981 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1981 - 1987
Career position - Professorial Fellow at the Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories
1982 - 1987
Career position - Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Instrumentation on the Anglo Australian Telescope
1983 - 1986
Career position - Member, Physics and Astronomy Fellows Sectional Committee, Australian Academy of Science
1984
Career position - Visiting Member of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, USA
1984
Career position - Member, Consultative Committee on Science Policy, Australian Academy of Science
1987
Career position - Member, Consultative Committee on Science Policy, Australian Academy of Science
1987 - 2000
Career position - Professor, Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories
1988 -
Career position - Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (Princeton?)
1988
Career position - Visiting Member of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, USA
1988 - 1992
Career position - Member of the UK Schmidt Telescope Advisory Committee
1989 - 1993
Career position - Member, Steering Committee, Australian Telescope
1993 - 1996
Career position - Member, Large Telescope Working Group of the National Committee for Astronomy, Australian Academy of Science
1994
Career position - Oort Professor, University of Leiden, Netherlands
1994 - 1996
Career position - Member, Visiting Committee, European Southern Observatories
1995 - 1997
Career position - Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Indian Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics
1998 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
1998 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1998
Career position - Chair, Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Panel for Stellar Populations
1999
Education - Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Western Australia
1999
Award - Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, American Institute of Physics and American Astronomical Society
2000 -
Career position - Duffield Professor at the Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories
2001
Award - Centenary Medal received from the Australian Government
2001
Career position - Tinsley Professor, University of Texas, U.S.A.
2001
Award - Robert Ellery Lecture, Astronomical Society of Australia
2001
Career position - Chair, Visiting Committee, Isaac Newton Group Telescopes
2001 - 2004
Career position - Member of the Anglo Australian Telescope Board
2002 -
Career position - Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society
2004
Award - Antoinette de Vaucouleurs Lecture and Medal received from the University of Texas
2008
Career position - Chair, Yale University Astronomy Review
2008 - 2010
Career position - Professor-at-Large, University of Western Australia
2010
Career position - Member, Time Allocation Committee, Hubble telescope Multi-Cycle Treasury Programs
2012
Award - Prime Minister's Prize for Science, Commonwealth of Australia
2013 -
Career position - Member, Advisory Board, ARC Centre of Excellence in All-Sky Astrophysics
2013
Award - Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecturer, Australian Academy of Science
2013
Award - Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, American Astronomical Society
2014
Award - Gruber Prize in Cosmology (joint), Gruber Foundation, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
2017 -
Award - Foreign Associate, National Academy of Science, U.S.A.
2017
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to astronomy through pioneering contributions in the field of galactic archaeology, as a leading astrophysicist and researcher, and as a mentor to young scientist
2018
Career position - Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

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

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Annette Alafaci