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Sydney astrophysicist awarded top Australian fellowship


7 July 2010

University of Sydney astrophysicist, Professor Bryan Gaensler, has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Professor Bryan Gaensler, an astrophysicist in the School of Physics, has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship
Professor Bryan Gaensler, an astrophysicist in the School of Physics, has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship

Gaensler, based within the School of Physics, is among 15 researchers to be awarded a fellowship under the Australian Laureate Fellowship Scheme.

The scheme is designed to support excellence in research by attracting world-class researchers and research leaders to key positions and creating new rewards and incentives for the application of their talents in Australia.

Professor Gaensler will use his fellowship grant to help demonstrate the viability of technologies that could be used in the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), the world's most powerful radio-telescope.

His project proposes to dramatically improve our understanding of the nature and origin of magnetic fields using the unique capabilities of the ASKAP. With the resulting data, Professor Gaensler aims to transform our understanding of magnetic fields in galaxies, clusters and in diffuse intergalactic gas and thus be able to address key unanswered questions on Milky Way ecology, galaxy evolution and cosmology.

Professor Gaensler has received many awards for his research including the Young Australian of the Year Award, an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellowship and the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize awarded by the American Astronomical Society. He was named a 2008 Young Tall Poppy by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

The Faculty of Science congratulates Bryan on this wonderful achievement.


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