He graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1963 and gained his PhD in astronomy at the Australian National University in 1967. His professional career has taken him to the California Institute of Technology, the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy in Cambridge, UK, the Kapteyn Laboratory in Groningen, The Netherlands, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, New Mexico USA. He was director of the VLA, the major national radio telescope in the USA, from 1980 until 1988.
He is a member of the National Committee for Astronomy and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Foreign Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science in 1993.
Professor Ekers' research interests include extragalactic astronomy, especially cosmology, and galactic nuclei, radio astronomical techniques and image formation theory.
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