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Biographical entry Ekers, Ronald David (1941 - )

AO, 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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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 - Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
1970 - 1971
Career position - Visiting Astronomer, Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, Cambridge, United Kingdom
1971 -
Career position - Member of the International Astronomical Union
1971 - 1976
Career position - Research Astronomer, Kapteyn Laboratory, Groningen, The Netherlands
1975 - 1980
Career position - Member of the Board of Directors of the Netherlands Foundation for Radio Astronomy
1976 - 1980
Career position - Professor, Kapteyn Laboratory, Groningen, The Netherlands
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
1987 - 1990
Career position - Vice-Chairman, Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI) Commission J
1988 -
Career position - Associate, Royal Astronomical Society, United Kingdom
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)
1989 - 1992
Career position - Chairman, National Committee for Astronomy, Australian Academy of Science
1989 - 2005
Career position - Adjunct Professor, Australian National University
1990
Award - Pawsey Memorial Lecturer, Australian Institute of Physics, Melbourne
1990 - 1993
Career position - Chairman, Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI) Commission J
1992 -
Career position - Member of the National Committee for Astronomy, Australian Academy of Science
1993 -
Career position - Foreign Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science
1993 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1993 - 1995
Award - Honorary Fellow, University of Western Sydney
1994
Career position - Member, Astronomy and Astrophysics Grants Review Committee, Australian Research Council
1994 - 1996
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Experimental astronomy
1994 - 1999
Career position - Member, Advisory Board, Research Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Sydney
1995 - 2002
Career position - Member of the Executive, Australian Institute of Policy and Science
1997 - 2001
Career position - Member, Anglo-Australian Telescope Board
1998 - 2002
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Science and technology
1999 - 2003
Career position - Member, Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Germany
1999 - 2004
Career position - Member, Australian Gemini Steering Committee
2000 - 2001
Career position - Chairman, International Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Steering Committee
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in astronomy and cosmology
2001 - 2002
Career position - Visiting Miller Professor, University of California, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.
2001 - 2003
Career position - Member, Radio Astronomy Task Force, OECD Global Science Forum
2002 - 2004
Career position - Chair, Anglo-Australian Telescope Board
2002 - 2007
Career position - Member, Board of Management, Australian Astronomy
2003 -
Career position - Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, Australian National Telescope 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)
2005
Award - Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture, Australian Academy of Science
2005 - 2007
Career position - Member, Sectional Committee 2, Australian Academy of Science
2005 - 2010
Career position - Member, Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Germany
2007 -
Career position - Adjunct Professor, Curtin University
2007 -
Career position - CSIRO Fellow
2007 - 2011
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science
2014
Award - Grote Reber Gold Medal, International Union of Radio Science
2018 -
Career position - Member, National Academy of Science, U.S.A.
2019
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to science as a radio astronomer, to scientific education, and to international astronomical organisations

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Books

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Australian Astronomers: Achievements at the Frontiers of Astronomy (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 1996), 243 pp. Details
  • Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Foundation, Achievements and challenges for Australian science: Distinguished Lecture Series 1993 (Parkville (Vic.): Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Foundation, 1993), 55 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Ekers, R. D., 'John Bolton's Variable-baseline Interferometer and the Structure of Radio Galaxies', Australian Journal of Physics, 47 (5) (1994), 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, 58 (2012), 327-46. Details
  • Frater, R. H. and Ekers, R. D., 'John Paul Wild 1923-2008', Historical Records of Australian Science, 23 (2012), 212-27. Details

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See also

Annette Alafaci and Helen Cohn