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Dr George Heald

OCE Science Leader, CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS)


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I am a radio astronomer working in Perth, Western Australia, with CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS). I lead a research team focused on low-frequency (below 350 MHz) radio continuum surveys that will be pursued with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), following on from currently ongoing efforts with SKA precursors such as the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), and SKA pathfinders such as the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR).

I am also closely involved in the commissioning of a new widefield radio interferometer, the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP). ASKAP is already producing groundbreaking widefield images and catalogs of the radio sky covering an instantaneous field of view of 30 square degrees. ASKAP will soon be the world's most powerful radio survey machine.

Scientifically I am a leader in the emerging field of radio spectropolarimetry, a domain that makes use of the wideband frequency coverage provided by modern radio telescopes to probe the magnetoionic medium in extragalactic radio sources and their foreground environments.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016-2021

    Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Science Leader

Current Roles

  • Principal Investigator

  • Executive Board member
    Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)

  • Principal Investigator
    QUOCKA Survey

  • Council member
    LOFAR Magnetism Key Science Project

  • Principal Investigator
    LOFAR MSSS Survey

Academic Qualifications

  • 2006

    PhD Physics
    University of New Mexico

  • 2003

    MS Physics
    University of New Mexico

  • 2000

    BA Physics
    Thiel College

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2016-current

    Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA)

  • 2009-current

    Member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU)

  • 2002-current

    Member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS)