Curtin University hosts world-renowned radio astronomer as he talks up Square Kilometre Array project for WA

Professor Steven Tingay
Professor Steven Tingay

WORLD-renowned radio astronomer Professor Steven Tingay has returned to Perth to continue his work towards |delivering the landmark billion dollar Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project to Western Australia.

Professor Tingay, who founded the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy in 2007, has been in Italy since January 2016 on secondment to Italy’s |National Institute for Astrophysics.

His return coincides with the announcement that he has been awarded the title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor, the highest honour Curtin University can award its academic staff.

University vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said Professor Tingay had made, and continued to make, an outstanding contribution to the university’s national and international standing in the field of radio astronomy.

“Professor Tingay is renowned for his visionary and creative approach to the field of astrophysics and his delivery of large-scale projects. It is fitting that we recognise the contribution he is making to this area around the globe and to Curtin University,” Professor Terry said.

Professor Tingay said the award was a wonderful homecoming for him and he was thrilled to be recognised for his ongoing contributions to the field of astrophysics, his research and the university.

“I’m delighted to be returning to Curtin University at a very exciting time for astronomy in Western Australia and internationally to help guide our path toward the SKA,” Professor Tingay said.

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