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Biographical entry Webster, Rachel (1951 - )

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Born
3 July 1951
Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Astrophysicist

Summary

Rachel Webster is an international leader in the field of gravitational lensing and has developed a number of new techniques. She led the first all-sky survey for galaxies rich in neutral Hydrogen, and initiated and guided Australian participation in experiments to detect the first stars in the Universe, building a new low frequency radio telescope as a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). She is Chief Investigator at the University of Melbourne for the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Physics.

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1975
Education - BSc (hons), Monash University
1980
Education - MSc, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
1980
Award - International Fellowship, American Association of University Women
1982
Award - Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Zonta International
1985 - ?
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1985
Education - PhD, University of Cambridge
1988 -
Career position - Member, American Astronomical Society
1988 -
Career position - Member, International Astronomical Union
1997
Career event - Inaugural Woman Lecturer in Physics, Australian Institute of Physics
2005
Award - Caroline Herschel Invited Distinguished Lecture, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
2007 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Institute of Physics
2008 -
Career position - Member, Royal Society of Victoria
2013 -
Award - Robert Ellery Lectureship, Astronomical Society of Australia
2015 - 2016
Career position - President, Academic Board, University of Melbourne
2016 -
Career position - Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, University of Melbourne
2016 -
Award - Honorary Fellow, Astronomical Society of Australia
2016 - 2018
Career position - Chair of the Board, Australian Astronomy Limited
2017 -
Career position - Chair, Melbourne Digital Research Platforms Network
2018 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

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Helen Cohn