Andrew John Williams

Perth Observatory and The University of Western Australia, Australia

Andrew John Williams is a Research Astronomer at Perth Observatory, Bickley, Australia. He is also appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. Williams was born in Canada in 1968 but has lived in Perth, Australia since 1975. After receiving his B.S. degree from the University of Western Australia (UWA), he helped establish the Perth Automated Supernova Search Program, which involved building the first CCD camera in Western Australia and automating the Perth Observatory 61cm telescope. He graduated from UWA in 1997 with a Ph.D. thesis describing the initial statistics from the supernova search. He was a Founding Member of the PLANET (Probing Lensing Anomalies NETwork) Gravitational Microlensing Research Group in 1995, an ongoing project carrying out follow-up photometry on microlensing events in the galactic bulge using a network of small telescopes in the Southern Hemisphere. Williams is currently working on software development for the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope, a low-frequency SKA pathfinder instrument being built in Western Australia. His interests include automating telescopes, data capture and analysis tasks, image processing, supernova statistics, SETI, and astrobiology.

Biography Updated on 6 December 2010

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