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Prof Ron Ekers is a CSIRO fellow and an adjunct Professor at Curtin University in Perth.

He was appointed Foundation Director of CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility and returned to Australia in 1988 after a career in Europe and the US. He continued in this role until he took up an Australian Federation Fellowship (2003-2008).

Ron graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1963 and gained his PhD in astronomy at the Australian National University in 1967.

His professional career has covered the US, UK and the Netherlands.

He was director of the VLA, the major national radio telescope in the USA, from 1980 until 1987, chair of the SKA steering committee 2000-2002 and president of the International Astronomical Union from 2003 to 2006. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Royal Dutch Academy of Science, a Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

His research interests include extragalactic astronomy, especially cosmology, galactic nuclei, ultra high energy particle physics and radio astronomical techniques.


  • 2008–present
    Fellow, CSIRO
  • 2007–present
    Adjunct professor, Curtin University


  • 1967 
    ANU, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2008
    Ultra High Energy Cosmic Ray and Neutrino Astronomy using Radio Telescopes
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2002
    A clearer view of the evolving universe
    Federation Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Academy of Science
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
  • International Astronomical Union
  • Royal Society