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Head of Physics and Astronomy, Curtin University

I am a John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Physics at Curtin University who has been the Head of Physics and Astronomy at Curtin University since 2010. My research area is Quantum Collision Theory in Atomic and Molecular Physics, with particular applications in nuclear fusion energy, astrophysics, and medical imaging and therapy. Academic interests include Education issues at Universities and Schools. For example, see for review of the F-6 Science and Senior Physics National Curriculum. Leisure pursuits include playing the piano, Golf, Football and Table Tennis.


  • 2010–present
    Head of Physics, Astronomy and Medical Radiation Sciences, Curtin University
  • 2007–2013
    ARC Centre of Excellence Deputy Research Director, Curtin University
  • 2007–2012
    ARC Professorial Fellow, Curtin University
  • 2002–2006
    ARC Professorial Fellow, Murdoch University
  • 1996–2001
    ARC Senior Research Fellow, Flinders University
  • 1992–1996
    ARC Australian Research Fellow, Flinders University
  • 1986–1991
    Research Associate, Flinders University


  • 1986 
    University of Adelaide, PhD in Mathematical Physics
  • 1982 
    University of Adelaide, BSs (Hons) in Mathematical Physics
  • 1981 
    University of Adelaide, BSc majoring in Mathematical Physics and Pure Mathematics


  • 1984
    Over 450 publications see ,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Quantum Collision Theory
    Chief Investigator with a DORA
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2006
    Centre of Excellence for Antimatter-Matter Studies
    Deputy Research Director
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 1992
    Continuous personal funding since
    Fellowship receipient
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the American Physical Soceity
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science

Research Areas

  • Atomic And Molecular Physics (020201)