Astronomer Professor Stuart Wyithe has been awarded the 2011 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year. The award was presented at the annual Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science by Minister Kim Carr.
Professor Wyithe’s award recognises his ongoing work in international astronomy, primarily in investigating the structure and evolution of the early universe by uncovering the history of atomic hydrogen. His research has helped shape the science agenda for the SKA telescope and other next-generation telescopes. In addition to his ongoing research Wyithe chairs the science committee for the Murchison Widefield Array telescope, an SKA pathfinder telescope project that will provide valuable insight into the design and operation of the SKA.
For Professor Wyithe's biography and information about the award, please visit the 2011 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science site.
For an explanation of content and future direction of Professor Wyithe's research, please visit his article "Back to where we started: tracing the origins of galaxies".
Full media release from Minister Kim Carr.