Ron Ekers
CSIRO Fellow

PROFESSOR RON EKERS was appointed Foundation Director of CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility in 1988 and he continued in this role until 1 March 2003, when he took up his Federation Fellowship.

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 1987.

He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Foreign Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science in 1993, a Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society in 2003 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005. He is past President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and a member of the Advisory Board for the Peter Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize.

Ron's research interests include extragalactic astronomy, especially cosmology, galactic nuclei and radio astronomical techniques. His Federation Fellowship project addresses fundamental issues in star formation in the early universe and instrumental techniques including detection of high energy particles.


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Recent papers:


Selected Talks:

Research Projects:



- President (2003-2006)
- Planet definition

- Operations WG


- 20GHz all sky survey - AT20G
- Low Brightness sources

High redshift universe
- High z CO
- High z RG's
- steep spectra radio galaxies

Epoch of Re-ionization
- Global detection experiments
- CoRE

FIR/Radio/CO correlations

Cluster S-Z

Magnetic fields
- Investigating the role of magnetic fields in starformation
- Zeeman mm lines
- Depolarization canals in the ISM
- Depolarization silhouettes in extra galactic radio sources

Secondary electrons
- Detecting secondary electrons produced when cosmic rays interact with molecular clouds.

Lunar Cerenkov UHE neutrino experiments
- LUNASKA ARC project
- ATCA radio detection experiment
- Parkes radio detection experiment

The nature of scientific discoveries

Technical Research Projects:

Radio Frequency Interference
- RFI mitigation technology
- Radio quiet zones

Indirect imaging techniques
- Mosaicing
- Polarization processing
- Focal plane arrays

Current graduate students:




Mahony, Elizabeth Uni of Sydney
Bray, Justin Uni of Adelaide
Bonavera, Laura SISSA/ISAS, Italy
Chhetri, Rajan Uni of NSW
Past PhD students: Student & Thesis titles

Contact Details

Ron Ekers
Australia Telescope National Facility
CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science

PO Box 76
Epping NSW 1710

Phone: +61-2-9372-4600
Fax: +61-2-9372-4450

This page is maintained by Ron Ekers
Last Modified:
7 July, 2011