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David Bruce Davidson, DEng, PrEng, FIEEE
Director: Engineering, Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy
and Professor of Radio Astronomy Engineering
Curtin University https://www.icrar.org/people/ddavidson/
DEng, Stellenbosch University, 2017
PhD, Stellenbosch University, 1991
MEng, BEng (Hons), & BEng, University of Pretoria, 1986, 1983 and 1982 respectively.
From 1985 to 1988 he was with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria, South Africa. From 1988 until 2017, he was with Stellenbosch University, South Africa. From 2011-17, he held the South African Research Chair in Electromagnetic Systems and EMI Mitigation for SKA at Stellenbosch University; he was also a Distinguished Professor there and is presently Professor Extraordinary. He holds a B1 research rating from the (South African) National Research Foundation. As of 2018, he joined Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He has held a number of visiting appointments, including at the University of Arizona (1993); Cambridge University, UK (1997); Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (2003); and the University of Manchester, UK (2009).  He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
Computational electromagnetics, antennas, radio astronomy instrumentation, Square Kilometre Array.
David Davidson leads the engineering team at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, the Curtin node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). Their work is heavily focussed on the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, as well as the Murchison Widefield Array SKA precursor.  The research program encompasses antenna design, computational electromagnetic simulation and metrology; radio frequency front ends; digital back-ends; instrument calibration; and interferometry. Preceding his work in radio astronomy, David worked extensively in computational electromagnetics and contributed to commercial software.


  1. F. Warnick, R. Maaskant, M.V. Ivashina, D.B. Davidson, B.D. Jeffs, “Phased Arrays for Radio Astronomy, Remote Sensing, and Satellite Communications”, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. In press.
  2. -W. Steeb, D.B. Davidson, S.J. Wijnholds, “Computationally Efficient Radio Frequency Source Localization for Radio Interferometric Arrays”, Radio Science, Vol 53, pp. 1-15. 2018. [Online]
  3. F. Warnick, R. Maaskant, M.V. Ivashina, D.B. Davidson, B.D. Jeffs, “High-Sensitivity Phased Array Receivers for Radio Astronomy”, Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol 104, No 3, pp.607-622, March 2016.
  4. Young, S. J. Wijnholds, T. Carozzi, R. Maaskant, M. V. Ivashina, and D. B. Davidson, “Efficient Correction for both Direction-Dependent and Baseline-Dependent Effects in interferometric Imaging: An A-Stacking Framework”, Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 577, p. A56, May 2015, pp. 1-11. [Online].
  5. G. Marchand, D.B.Davidson, “Verification of Method-of-Moments Codes using the Method of Manufactured Solutions”, IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Vol 56, No 4,  pp.835–843, August 2014.
  6. B.Davidson, “Computational Electromagnetics for RF and Microwave Engineering”, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. 1st edition, 2005; 2nd edition, 2011.


  • IEEE-SAIEE Joint Distinguished Award for 2014.
  • Fellow of the IEEE, 2012.
  • Rector’s Award for Excellent Research, Stellenbosch University, 2005.
  • South African FRD (now NRF) President’s Award. 1996.

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