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Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science



29 March 2012

Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, from the School of Physics, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, announced on 26 March 2012.

The Australian Academy of Science annually honours a small number of Australian scientists for their outstanding contributions to science by electing them as Fellows of the Academy. The Academy represents Australia's leading research scientists and is made up of just under 450 Fellows, who are distinguished in the physical and biological sciences.

Professor Bland-Hawthorn was made a Fellow in recognition of his work in pioneering the science of astrophotonics and making significant contributions to experimental physics and astrophysics.

"I feel greatly humbled by my selection as a Fellow. The Australian Academy of Science is made up of people whose work I have long admired," said Professor Bland-Hawthorn.

Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, from the School of Physics, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, announced on 26 March 2012..
Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, from the School of Physics, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, announced on 26 March 2012..

"My work is both in astrophysics and experimental astronomy, with most of my research career devoted to the study of accretion and feedback in galaxies over cosmic time," explained Professor Bland-Hawthorn.

"My colleague, Ken Freeman, and I established near-field cosmology to recognise that a great deal of information about the early universe is all around the galaxy today, and does not require us to look into the far universe."

Professor Bland-Hawthorn has made revolutionary contributions to astronomical instrumentation. One of his current interests is exploring the use of photonics in astronomical instruments, a field now known as astrophotonics.

"Astrophotonics is important because it provides us with a new way to manipulate light from the deep universe and new ways to extract information from that light," said Professor Bland-Hawthorn.

In February 2009, he co-edited a special issue of Optics Express devoted to this burgeoning new field. In May 2012, he has a focus article on astrophotonics in the prestigious Physics Today review journal.

As part of his election as a Fellow, Professor Bland-Hawthorn will present a summary of his work at the Australian Academy of Science's 'Science at the Shine Dome' event on 2 May in Canberra.

"In May, I will use my opening lecture to speak on the extraordinary depth and breadth of technological innovation in this country."

Professor Bland-Hawthorn is an ARC Australian Federation Fellow, and co-founder and Associate Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.

In November 2011, Professor Bland-Hawthorn was elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America - one of only a handful of astronomers to have received this honour. This week, he is in Manchester in the UK receiving the 120-year old Jackson-Gwilt medal from the Royal Astronomical Society.

Read about all the Fellows elected in 2012 to the Australian Academy of Science at: http://www.science.org.au/news/media/26march12.html


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