Famous Astronomers from Australia

List of notable or famous astronomers from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top astronomers born in Australia and even some popular astronomers who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian astronomers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronomers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronomer from Australia is included when available.

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This historic astronomers from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian astronomers of note?" and "Who are the most famous astronomers from Australia?" These prominent astronomers of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian astronomers.

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  • Arthur Robert Hogg (25 November 1903 – 31 March 1966) was an Australian physicist and astronomer. He was born in Melbourne, Victoria, was educated at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and at the University of Melbourne where he earned his B.Sc. in 1923 and M.Sc. in 1925. In 1927 he began working at the Broken Hill Associated Smelters in Port Pirie, South Australia, becoming the assistant supervisor of research, and he remained there until 1929. He then joined the Mount Stromlo Observatory, then called the Commonwealth Solar Observatory, as an assistant and he remained associated with the observatory until his death in 1966. At Mount Stromlo, he took up the study of electrical ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1903-1966)
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
  • Brian Schmidt
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    Brian Paul Schmidt (born 24 February 1967) is the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU). He was previously a Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist at the University's Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. He is known for his research in using supernovae as cosmological probes. He currently holds an Australia Research Council Federation Fellowship and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2012. Schmidt shared both the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for providing evidence that the expansion of the ...more
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Missoula, Montana
  • Bryan Malcolm Gaensler (born 1973) is an Australian astronomer and former Young Australian of the Year, currently based at the University of Toronto. He studies magnetars, supernova remnants and magnetic fields. On 10 June 2014, it was announced that Gaensler was appointed as Director of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, filling the hiatus after James R. Graham's departure.
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
  • Colin Stanley Gum

    Colin Stanley Gum (4 June 1924 – 29 April 1960) was an Australian astronomer who catalogued emission nebulae in the southern sky at the Mount Stromlo Observatory using wide field photography. Gum published his findings in 1955 in a study entitled A study of diffuse southern H-alpha nebulae which presented a catalog, now known as the Gum catalog, of 85 nebulae or nebular complexes. Gum 12, a huge area of nebulosity in the direction of the constellations Puppis and Vela, was later named the Gum Nebula in his honour. Gum was part of the team, whose number included Frank John Kerr and Gart Westerhout, that determined the precise position of the neutral hydrogen plane in space. Gum was ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 36 (1924-1960)
  • Gordon J. Garradd

    Gordon John Garradd (born 1959) is an Australian amateur astronomer and photographer from Loomberah, New South Wales. He has discovered numerous asteroids and comets, including the hyperbolic comet C/2009 P1, and four novae in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The asteroid and Mars-crosser, 5066 Garradd, was named in his honor. He has worked for a number of astronomical institutions in the US and Australia, most recently at Siding Spring Observatory on the Siding Spring Survey, part of the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey for near-Earth objects (2002–2011). As of 2016, the Minor Planet Center credits him with the discovery of 31 minor planets (see table). There are 16 comets and an asteroid that ...more
  • John Tebbutt
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    John Tebbutt

    John Tebbutt (25 May 1834 – 29 November 1916) was an Australian astronomer, famous for discovering the "Great Comet of 1861".
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1834-1916)
    • Birthplace: Windsor, Australia