Prof Fred Watson
Astrophysicist and Science Communicator
Prof Fred Watson is an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory. His main scientific interest is in the use of novel technology to gather information on very large numbers of stars and galaxies. Until 2009, Fred was based at the AAO's telescopes, where he was astronomer in charge. He is now the head of Lighting and Environment, working closely with state and local government and the Coonabarabran community to preserve the dark skies of the observatory. Fred is well-known for his astronomy slots on ABC radio, and his books. In 2003, Fred received the David Allen Prize for communicating astronomy to the public, and in 2006 was the winner of the Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science.
Almost everything we know about the Universe has been obtained by analysing the light of the Cosmos collected with telescopes. With its 3.9m mirror, the...