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Antony Schinckel


Antony Schinckel is the CSIRO ASKAP Project Director with responsibility for the design, construction and commissioning of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio-telescope, and the new site in Western Australia, the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.

Antony also leads the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation’s Infrastructure Australia Preconstruction Consortium and is the SKA’s Head of Construction Planning for the SKA-Low telescope to be built in Australia.

After completing his degree at the University of Sydney, Antony started his career at the Anglo Australian Observatory, followed by stints at the Parkes 64 metre and the 100 metre Effelsberg radio telescope in Germany. He then spent eight years commissioning and operating Caltech's Submillimetre Observatory (CSO) on the 4,200 metre high mountain Mauna Kea in Hawaii before a term with the University of NSW working on a range of astronomy instrumentation for optical and infra-red telescopes at the South Pole.

Prior to joining CASS, Antony was Director of Operations for 9 years for the Smithsonian's Submillimetre Array (SMA) on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, responsible for the construction and operations of this major submillimetre interferometer.


  • –present
    ASKAP Director, CSIRO