[ASA] Rachel Webster FAA

Stuart Wyithe swyithe at unimelb.edu.au
Tue May 22 10:58:15 AEST 2018

Dear ASA,

Please join me in congratulating Rachel Webster who has been elected to the Australian Academy of Science. Rachel is speaking tomorrow at the New Fellows Symposium at the Shine Dome where she will be will be formally admitted. Please join me in congratulating Rachel!

Citation from the AAS reads:

Rachel Webster is an astrophysicist and international leader in the field of gravitational lensing. She has developed a range of innovative applications, and discovered the first quasar microlensing event. Webster has used lensing to resolve the inner regions of quasars near black holes, providing international leadership in the development of new techniques. In addition, Webster led the first all-sky survey for galaxies rich in neutral Hydrogen, establishing the benchmark for these studies internationally. More recently, Webster initiated and guided Australian participation in experiments to detect the first stars in the Universe, building a new low frequency radio telescope as a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

I also note the election of Richard Ellis, who will be known to many Australian astronomers.

Best regards,

(ASA president)

Professor Stuart Wyithe | Head, School of Physics
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