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Professor, School of Science, Western Sydney University

Ray Norris is a British/Australian astronomer in the School of Science at Western Sydney University, and with CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science. He researches how galaxies formed and evolved after the Big Bang, and the process of astronomical discovery with large data volumes. He also researches the astronomy of Australian Aboriginal people.

Ray was educated at Cambridge University, UK, and moved to Australia in 1983 to join CSIRO, where he became Head of Astrophysics in 1994, and then Australia Telescope Deputy Director, and Director of the Australian Astronomy MNRF, before returning in 2005 to active research.

He currently leads an international project - the Evolutionary Map of the Universe - to image the faintest radio galaxies in the Universe, using the new ASKAP radio telescope recently completed in Western Australia. He also leads the WTF project which is exploring machine learning techniques to discover the unexpected.

He frequently appears on radio and TV, and has published a novel, Graven Images.


  • 2016–present
    Professor of Data Science in Astrophysics, Western Sydney University
  • 1983–2014
    Research scientist, CSIRO
  • 2000–2005
    Deputy Director, CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility
  • 2000–2005
    Director, Australian Astronomy Major National Research Facility
  • 1990–1999
    Head of Astrophysics, CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility


  • 1979 
    University of Manchester, PhD
  • 1977 
    University of Cambridge, MA