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Biographical entry Dopita, Michael Andrew (1946 - 2018)

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Born
28 October 1946
Kraslice, Czechoslovakia
Died
22 October 2018
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Astronomer

Summary

Mike Dopita was Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University. The School was located at Mount Stromlo Observatory, the home of the Hubble Space Telescope. *Dopita was one of the top international authorities in the general area of interstellar astrophysics. He made fundamental contributions to research on astrophysical plasma diagnostics, star formation in galaxies, the physics of planetary nebulae, supernova remnants, active galactic nuclei and radio jets. His prestige and judgement were recognised by his appointment to the Hubble Space Telescope Time Assignment Committee.
* Taken from the Australian Academy of Science Media Release 2.5.96

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1968
Education - Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons)) completed at Wadham College, the University of Oxford, UK
1973
Education - Master of Arts (MA) completed at the University of Oxford
1973
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Manchester, UK
1973 - 1975
Career position - Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Manchester
1975 -
Career position - Member of the International Astronomical Union
1975 - 1979
Career position - Research Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra
1979 - 1983
Career position - Fellow at the Australian National University
1983
Award - Pawsey Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
1983 - 1994
Career position - Fellow, Australian National University
1988
Career position - Member, Committee on Space Science (Cole Committee), Australian Academy of Science
1989 -
Career position - Member of the Board, Centre for Theoretical Physics, Australian National University
1992
Career position - Chair of the Australian Starlab Science Advisory Committee
1993 - 1996
Career position - Councillor of the Astronomical Society of Australia
1994 - 2000
Career position - President, Division Victorian Institute for the Advancement of Science Interstellar Matter, International Astronomical Union
1994 - 2011?
Career position - Professor of Astronomy at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University at Mount Stromlo Observatory in Canberra
1996 - 2000
Career position - Member, Advisory Board,The encyclopedia of astronomy and astrophysics
1996 - 2018
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1997 - 2000
Career position - President, Division VI, International Astronomical Union
1998 -
Career position - Member, NASA Science Oversight Committee for Wide Field Camera 3, Hubble Space Telescope
1999 -
Career position - Head, Astrophysical Theory Centre, Australian National University
2001 -
Career position - Member, Sectional Committee 2 (Physics and Astronomy), Australian Academy of Science
2001 -
Career position - Member, Research Committee, Australian National University
2001 -
Career position - Member, Research Committee, Australian National University
2001 -
Career position - Chair of Faculty, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University
2001 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in interstellar plasma
2001 - 2006
Award - Inaugural Australian Research Council Federation Fellow
2007 - 2014
Career position - Editor-in-Chief, Astrophysics and space science
2013
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to science in the field of astronomy and astrophysics

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  • Who's who in Australia 2012 (Melbourne: Crown Content Pty Ltd, 2012), 2430 pp. Details

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