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Top astronomer joins Aussie uni

A spiral galaxy

Swinburne University's newest astronomy professor, Jeremy Mould, is a specialist in the hunt for the universe's 'dark matter'.

SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY’S REPUTATION as a world leader in astronomy research has been cemented, with the arrival of pre-eminent astrophysicist Professor Jeremy Mould.

A recipient of the prestigious Gruber Prize for Cosmology, Professor Mould is a ‘Hi-Ci’ researcher, putting him in the world’s top 0.5 per cent of cited researchers in the astronomy and space sciences field.

Professor Mould is Swinburne’s third Hi-Ci astronomy researcher, joining Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing Director, Professor Warrick Couch and galaxy expert Professor Karl Glazebrook.

With only ten active Hi-Ci astronomy researchers in all of Australia, this represents a significant cluster of world-leading experts at the one institution.

Professor Couch said that the centre’s newest arrival, who has come from the University of Melbourne, is one of the most respected researchers in the field of cosmology.

Professor Jeremy Mould

Professor Jeremy Mould

“Jeremy has an incredible record of achievement in astronomy research and management and we are extremely excited to have him on board,” he said.

“When it comes to leaders in his field, Jeremy really is the king of the castle.”

Focus on dark matter

Professor Mould is best known for his role in determining the precise value of the Hubble Constant, one of the most important numbers in astronomy.

This finding effectively determined the age of the universe (about 14 billion years), and has since enabled researchers to more accurately investigate other profound questions about the universe’s birth, evolution and composition.

As well as being a Hi-Ci researcher and recipient of the Gruber Prize, Professor Mould is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a previous Director of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University and US National Optical Astronomy Observatories.

He is a chief investigator in the Australian Research Council’s new Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics and leads its programme on the hunt for the mysterious dark matter. How dark matter is distributed on billion light year scales is his current focus. CSIRO’s new radiotelescope in WA is the key to this, together with the ANU’s new optical survey telescope at Siding Spring Observatory.

His arrival bolsters Swinburne’s place as one of the world’s leading astronomy research institutions.

In the Australian Research Council’s recent Excellence for Research in Australia report, Swinburne was awarded a five rating in the Astronomical Space Sciences category, recognising outstanding research that is well above world standard.

Adapted from information issued by Swinburne University.

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