Ragbir Bhathal received his Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, on a commonwealth scholarship. He teaches physics to engineering students in the School of Engineering and carries out research in astronomy, astrophysics, and physics/astronomy education. He was a member of the multibeam team that carried out the largest HI survey of the Southern Hemisphere. He is carrying out a national project on the development and achievements of astronomy and astronomers in Australia. He is the Project Director of the Australian Optical SETI project. He was a Guest Editor of Astronautica's (vol. 46, no. 10–12, 2000) special issue on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and a Coeditor of the SPIE Proceedings (vol. 4273, 2001) on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum (III). He has served as a Science Advisor to the Australian Federal Minister for Science and was a past President of the Royal Society of New South Wales, the oldest scientific society in Australia. He has also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Science and Technology Centres, Washington, DC, USA.
Biography Updated on 3 November 2010