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2018 Laureate Profile: Professor Karl Glazebrook

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Professor Karl Glazebrook

Professor Karl Glazebrook

Administering Organisation: Swinburne University of Technology

Discipline Area: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Fellowship project summary:


This project aims to transform our understanding of the early Universe using the giant James Webb Space Telescope. This telescope, which will be the most transformative telescope of the next decade will be launched in early 2019. The telescope will observe the dawn of galaxy formation 13 billion years ago, a time that is currently shrouded in obscurity. The project will develop new techniques in scientific computing, including cloud-based workflows to make science more efficient and the application of 'deep learning' to the discovery of new astronomical objects and the acceleration of scientific computation. The project will train a new generation of young scientists in the use of these techniques, and actively engage with school students.

Australian Research Council funding: $2,838,950

About Professor Glazebrook

Distinguished Professor Karl Glazebrook FAA is an astronomer based at Swinburne University of Technology where he has been Director of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing since 2014.

Professor Glazebrook’s career has spanned the United Kingdom, United States and Australia, including a time as a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, where he received a prestigious Packard Fellowship. Professor Glazebrook joined Swinburne University of Technology in 2006. Professor Glazebrook received the Muhlmann Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 2008 for his work on astronomical instrumentation. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science for his research accomplishments in 2017.

Professor Glazebrook’s notable scientific accomplishments include: the study of the morphological and spectroscopic evolution of galaxies over cosmic time using Gemini, Hubble and Keck telescopes; the development of the 'nod and shuffle' spectroscopic technique for deep multi-object spectroscopy, characterising the bimodal colour and environmental distributions of local galaxies; and the development of innovative cosmological techniques such as the use of 'Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations'.

Find out more about Professor Glazebrook’s research by visiting his profile page on the Swinburne University of Technology website.

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.

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