Director, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto

Bryan Gaensler is an award-winning astronomer and passionate science communicator, who is internationally recognised for his groundbreaking work on dying stars, interstellar magnets and cosmic explosions. A former Young Australian of the Year, NASA Hubble Fellow, Harvard professor and Australian Laureate Fellow, Gaensler is currently the Director of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He gave the 2001 Australia Day Address to the nation, was awarded the 2011 Pawsey Medal for outstanding research by a physicist aged under 40, and in 2013 was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. His best-selling popular science book "Extreme Cosmos" was published worldwide in 2012, and has subsequently been translated into four other languages.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Director, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • 2011–2014
    Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics
  • 2011–2014
    Australian Laureate Fellow, The University of Sydney
  • 2006–2011
    Federation Fellow, The University of Sydney
  • 2002–2006
    Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University
  • 2006–2006
    Associate Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University
  • 2001–2002
    Clay Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution
  • 1998–2001
    Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Education

  • 1999 
    The University of Sydney, PhD in Physics
  • 1995 
    The University of Sydney, First Class Honours in Physics
  • 1994 
    The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Science

Research Areas

  • Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)
  • Galactic Astronomy (020104)
  • High Energy Astrophysics; Cosmic Rays (020106)
  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy (020103)