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ARC Laureate Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology

Matthew is an astrophysicist that uses the world's largest radio telescopes to discover neutron stars and use them to test theories of gravity and stellar evolution. His group is known for designing supercomputers to process radio data and conducting some of the most precise measurements ever performed using millisecond pulsars, a bizarre form of star that rotate up to 700 times per second. In 2011 his group was part of a team that discovered the diamond planet orbiting the pulsar J1719-1438.

In 2015 he was awarded an Australia Research Council Laureate Fellowship to work on the discovery of Fast Radio Bursts.

Matthew was the founding Director of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology from its inception in 1998 until 2010.

He is currently the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).


  • 1998–2010
    Director, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 1998–2003
    ARC Senior Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 1996–1997
    ARC QEII Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 1993–1995
    ARC QEII Fellow, CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility
  • 1990–1992
    Royal Society Endeavour Fellow, University of Manchester
  • 1989–1989
    USRA Fellow, NASA


  • 1990 
    Australian National University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1984 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Science (Hons)

Research Areas

  • Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)