Professor Peter Quinn was born in Australia and received his BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wollongong in 1978. He conducted graduate studies in astronomy and astrophysics at the Australian National University (ANU) and received his PhD in 1982 with a thesis dissertation on dynamics of disk galaxy mergers. Since then Peter has worked at the California Institute of Technology, the NASA Space Telescope Science Institute and the Data Management and Operations Division at the European Southern Observatory headquarters in Munich. In December 2005, Peter was awarded a Western Australian Premier’s Fellowship and took up the position of Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Western Australia
Peter is currently the Director of The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). Launching on 1st September 2009, ICRAR is a new player on the world stage of research in astronomy. Its research focus is for the scientific capabilities enabled by the SKA and its pathfinders, and the technologies necessary to realise these new capabilities. ICRAR’s vision is to become a collaborative centre that is international in scope, achieving research excellence in astronomical science and engineering, and which, as a coherent and unified part of Australia’s national effort, makes a fundamental contribution to the realisation and scientific success of the SKA.