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Biographical entry McClure-Griffiths, Naomi Melissa (1975 - )

11 July 1975
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Radio astronomer


Naomi McClure-Griffiths is a radio astronomer who was appointed Professor of Radio Astronomy at the Australian National University in 2015. Her principal research is on the evolution of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, particularly in relation to gas evolution, magnetism and feedback. For her discovery of an outer spiral in the Milky Way she was awarded to 2006 Prime Minister's Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Australian Scientist of the Year. Other discoveries include 19 new shells and to chimneys. McClure-Griffiths has been involved in the Galactic All Sky Survey, with the aim of creating the most sensitive and high resolution all-sky atlas of hydrogen, and in the planning of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.



Education - BS (hons), Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, U.S.A.
Life event - Migrated to Australia
Education - PhD, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.
2001 - 2004
Career position - Bolton Post-doctoral Fellow, Australian Telescope National Facility
2004 - 2006
Career position - Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Telescope National Facility
Award - Prime Minister's Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Australian Scientist of the Yea
2006 - 2012
Career position - OCE Science Leader, Australian Telescope National Facility
Award - Powerhouse Wizard Award, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2012 - 2014
Career position - Deputy Head of Astrophysics, Australian Telescope National Facility
2014 - 2015
Career position - Head of National Facility Science, Australian Telescope National Facility
2015 -
Career position - Professor of Radio Astronomy, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University
Award - Pawsey Medal, Australian Academy of Science

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  • Bhathal, Ragbir, 'Naomi McClure-Griffiths: Milky Way astronomer', A&G: News and Reviews in Astronomy & Geophysics, 58 (2017), 40-2. Details

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