Bryan Gaensler

Patron of Macarthur Astronomical Society

Professor Bryan Gaensler was appointed as Patron of Macarthur Astronomical Society in November 2009. He is seen (above) addressing MAS members at UWS in November 2010. He is currently Director of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, The University of Toronto (Canada).

Professor Gaensler was the 1999 Young Australian of the Year and gave the 2001 Australia Day Address to the Nation. He was born and raised in Sydney. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 with First Class Honours in Physics. His final mark of 100%, the highest ever awarded in the Faculty of Science, saw him awarded the University Medal in Physics

Professor Gaensler took up a Hubble Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, was a Clay Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution and taught astronomy as an Associate Professor at Harvard University.

Prof Bryan Gaensler (Photo: Daniel Boud)

Professor Gaensler returned to The University of Sydney as Professor of Physics in 2006. In 2010 he won the Pawsey Medal for his pioneering studies of cosmic magnetism which have opened a new window on the Universe.

He relocated to Canada in December 2014 to commence a five-year term as director of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at The University of Toronto. He agreed to remain as Patron of Macarthur Astronomical Society.


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