Professor Fred Watson AM

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Astronomer at Large – Instructive and empowering keynote and workshop presenter

Fred Watson is a master of the night sky. His years spent researching and analysing all things from planets to asteroids has rendered him a beacon of knowledge and experience in the field of Astronomy. He is the Astronomer in Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory at Coonabarabran, where his main scientific interest is gathering information on very large numbers of stars and galaxies. He is also an adjunct professor at the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Southern Queensland. Fred is well-known for his astronomy slots on ABC radio, and his books including “Stargazer – the Life and Times of the Telescope”, “Why is Uranus Upside Down? and Other Questions About the Universe, (which won the 2008 Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize for Science Writing) and the ABC’s blockbuster, “Universe”, for which he was chief consultant.

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