11 April 2013, SKA Headquarters, Manchester, UK - Message from Phil Diamond, Director General of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA):
“I am pleased to announce that, after an exhaustive international search, Dr Robert Braun has been appointed as the SKA Science Director. He will take up his new role on 13th June, 2013.
Robert comes to us from his position as Chief Scientist of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science. Before CSIRO he worked at ASTRON for 18 years, for the last 4 of which he held the position of Head of the Scientific Staff. In the mid to late 80s he was based at NRAO in Socorro. Robert is one of the world’s experts on interferometry, with deep knowledge of the techniques required to push telescopes to their limit. He has been engaged in SKA activities since its inception in the early 90s; indeed Robert, working with Russ Taylor, edited the first SKA science case in 1999. Robert’s research career has focused on the interstellar and circum-galactic medium of our own galaxy and its nearby and more distant cousins. He is an expert in the study of neutral hydrogen, but also studies the physics of such objects through radio continuum and infrared. Robert is a highly-cited researcher with more than 100 refereed publications.
I would like to extend my profound thanks to Joe Lazio, who has been an excellent SKA Project Scientist, and more recently Acting SKA Science Director. Joe has led and coordinated the scientific side of the SKA for several years; he has been the face of SKA at many meetings has recently overhauled the SKA Science Working Group, and has initiated the new Science Assessment Workshops, which are testing the ability of the SKA baseline design to deliver the science. I look forward to continue working with Joe in the future.”
More on Robert Braun’s webpage