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Biographical entry Schmidt, Brian (1967 - )

AC, FAA, FRS

Born
24 February 1967
Missoula, Montana, United States of America
Occupation
Astrophysicist and Educator

Summary

Brian Schmidt is an astrophysicist based at the Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory (Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics). He is a Distinguished Professor and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. In 2011 Schmidt and his research partners, Adam Riess and Saul Perlmutter, received the Nobel Prize for Physics for their use of supernovae as probes to discover that the rate at which the universe expands is accelerating.

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1989
Education - Completed Bachelor of Science (Physics) and Bachelor of Science (Astronomy), University of Arizona
1992
Education - Completed Masters in Astronomy, Harvard University
1993
Education - Completed PhD in Astronomy, Harvard University
1993 - 1994
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
1995 - 1997
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories (MSSSO)
1997 - 1999
Career position - Appointed Research Fellow at the Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories (MSSSO)
1999 - 2002
Career position - Appointed Fellow in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (MSSSO, Australian National University)
2000
Award - Recipient of Harvard University's Bok Prize
2000
Award - Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
2001
Award - Recipient of the Australian Academy of Science's Pawsey Medal
2001 - 2003
Career position - Member of Council, Astronomical Society of Australia
2001 - 2004
Career position - Member, Australian Square Kilometre Array Steering Committee
2002
Award - Recipient of the Vainu Bappu Medal of the Astronomical Society of India
2002 - 2004
Career position - Chair, Australian Telescope National Facility Time Allocation Committee
2003 - 2005
Career position - Appointed Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, Australian National University
2004 - 2008
Career position - Member, Anglo Australian Telescope Board
2005 - 2009
Career position - Appointed Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, Australian National University
2006
Award - Co-recipient of the Shaw Prize in Astronomy
2008 -
Award - Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.
2008 -
Award - Fellow. Australian Academy of Science
2010 -
Career position - Appointed Distinguished Professor by the Australian National University
2010
Award - Peter Baume Award, Australian National University
2010 - 2013
Career position - Member, Australian Telescope Steering Committee
2010 - 2013
Career position - Member, Advisory Committee, Australian Astronomical Observatory
2010 - 2014
Career position - Member, National Committee on Astronomy, Australian Academy of Science
2010 - 2015
Career position - Appointed Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, Australian National University Australian Research Council Federation Fellow (Australian National University)
2011
Award - Co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics
2012 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
2012
Award - Dirac Medal, University of New South Wales
2012
Award - Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Macquarie University
2012
Award - Doctor honoris causa de la Universidad de Chile
2012 - 2015
Career position - Member, Advisory Board, Questacon
2012 - 2016
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science
2013
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service as a global science leader in the field of physics through research in the study of astronomy and astrophysics, contributions to scientific bodies and the promotion of science education
2013 - 2015
Career position - Public Policy Fellow, Crawford School, Australian National University
2013 - 2016
Career position - Member of the Board, Australian Wine Research Institute
2014 -
Award - Honorary Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences
2014 -
Career position - Member, Commonwealth Science Council
2015
Award - Medal of Honour, Niels Bohr Institute
2016 -
Career position - Vice-Chancellor and President, Australian National University
2017 -
Career position - Chair, Advisory Board, Genomics Australia
2017 -
Career position - Member, Board of Directors, Universities Australia
2017
Award - DSc honoris causa, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

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  • Bhathal, Ragbir, 'The Accelerating Universe: a New View of the Universe', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 144 (3/4) (2011), 63-90. Details

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Rebecca Rigby