Mr Antony Schinckel

SKA Program Leader

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Biography

Antony Schinckel is the head of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science's SKA Programme. In addition, he leads the SKA Australian Infrastructure design consortium, which is responsible for the design of the infrastructure for the SKA Low Telescope at the MRO.

He has a secondment role to the SKA Organisation in the UK, where he is the Head of SKA Construction Planning for the Low telescope, and has significant involvement with the SKA Low design and planning process.

From 2010 - 2016 he was ASKAP Director with responsibility for the design, construction and commissioning of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio-telescope, and the new site in Western Australia, the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.

After completing his degree at the University of Sydney, Antony started his career at the Anglo Australian Observatory, followed by stints at the Parkes 64 metre and the 100 metre Effelsberg radio telescope in Germany. He then spent eight years commissioning and operating Caltech's Submillimetre Observatory (CSO) on the 4,200 metre high mountain Mauna Kea in Hawaii before a term with the University of NSW working on a range of astronomy instrumentation for optical and infra-red telescopes at the South Pole.

Prior to joining CASS, Antony was Director of Operations for 9 years for the Smithsonian's Submillimetre Array (SMA) on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, responsible for the construction and operations of this major submillimetre interferometer.