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Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Sterrenkenner, History & Philosophy of Science, The University of Melbourne

I have always been fascinated by the role and impact science has in society. I grew up wanting to be an astronaut, in lieu of this I studied physics. For more than 20 years I worked as a research scientist in both academia (RMIT University & Salford University) and industry (Amcor Research & Technology Centre).

Currently, I am retired and spend my time on solar astronomy and astronomy outreach with the Astronomical Society of Victoria..

As well as holding an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, I held fellowships and grants from the UK Ministry of Defense (Royal Signals & Radar Establishment, Malvern), the UK Science and Engineering Research Council and the Australian Research Council. I have also worked in corporate, strategy, marketing and consulting roles.

A retired triathlete I have been known to race and enjoy the occasional ultra trail-run.


  • 2011–present
    Science Communicator, Lucid Thoughts
  • 2022–present
    Director, Solar Section, Astronomical Society of Victoria
  • 2016–2022
    Councillor, The Royal Society of Victoria
  • 2001–2022
    Executive Director Innovation, Clarity Now
  • 2015–2021
    Manager, Strategic Projects, University of Melbourne
  • 2013–2015
    Research Partnerships Officer, University of Melbourne
  • 2012–2013
    Senior Research Services Officer, University of Melbourne
  • 2013–2013
    Acting Faculty Research Manager, University of Melbourne
  • 1999–2000
    Senior Manager, National Leads, National Australia Bank
  • 1994–1999
    Principal Research Scientist, Amcor Research & Tecnology Centre
  • 1991–1994
    ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, RMIT University
  • 1988–1991
    SERC Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Salford (UK)
  • 1984–1987
    MOD Research Assistant, University of Salford (UK)
  • 1981–1983
    Tutor/Demonstrator, RMIT
  • 1980–1981
    Technical Assistant, RMIT


  • 2016 
    The University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma Arts (History & philosophy of science)
  • 2000 
    Melbourne Business School, Post Grad Dip
  • 1989 
    University of Salford (UK), PhD
  • 1986 
    RMIT, Master of Applied Science
  • 1981 
    RMIT, Bachelor of Applied Physics

Professional Memberships

  • The Royal Society of Victoria
  • Astronomical Society of Victoria
  • British Astronomical Association

Research Areas

  • Physical Sciences (02)
  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) (220206)
  • Research, Science And Technology Policy (160511)