Professor Tingay, a world-renowned astronomer from Curtin’s Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), won the top award in partnership with Professor Ryan Lister from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, and The University of Western Australia.
Professor Tingay is a former Director of the Murchison Widefield Array project, the precursor telescope for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) which will be one of the largest pieces of space infrastructure ever built. He has been at the forefront of some of the fundamental advancements made possible by these projects, including the search for the first stars 13 billion years ago, the discovery of missing matter in the Universe and the search for extraterrestrial life.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Cordery congratulated Professor Tingay for being recognised as a leader within WA’s science community.
“Professor Tingay has made a significant contribution to the field of astronomy and astrophysics throughout his distinguished career and has become an inspiring mentor for both his peers and students. Being recognised as the joint Scientist of the Year is testament to his high-quality research and outstanding leadership,” Professor Cordery said.
Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Chris Moran said the Awards recognise WA’s research superstars and Professor Tingay is an outstanding examples of this.
The Premier’s Science Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding scientific research and engagement taking place in the State. The Awards cover all fields of science, including natural, medical, applied and technological science, engineering and mathematics.
Further information on the Premier’s Science Awards can be found online here.