Fred Watson's homepage
Fred Watson is Astronomer-in-Charge
(AAO) at Siding Spring near Coonabarabran,
NSW, and Project Manager for the international
radial velocity survey of a million stars.
The AAO operates Australia's largest optical telescope (the 3.9-m Anglo-Australian Telescope) and its wide-field companion, the 1.2-m UK Schmidt Telescope. Funded jointly by the Australian and British governments, the AAT provides front rank observing facilities for astronomers world-wide. The Schmidt Telescope is funded by the International RAVE Consortium.
Contact details: Fred Watson,
Anglo-Australian Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW 2357 phone 02 6842
6301 fax 02 6842 2266 e-mail
Photo (left) courtesy University of Oxford. The one on the right was taken in a different universe.
Stargazer - the Life and Times of the Telescope
Fred's lively account of the telescope and
the extraordinary people who created it was released in Australia by
& Unwin in 2004. It is now available in paperback,
published in the USA by Da
Capo. There is also a Dutch edition, Sterrenkijker, published
in Holland by Athenaeum. Read some reviews
Popular Science: Fred has weekly astronomy segments on ABC radio - statewide with James O'Loughlin (Mondays, 21:40), and with Adam Spencer on Sydney's ABC 702 Breakfast Show (Thursdays, 06:20). He also has frequent slots with other ABC presenters. See Richard Glover's Drive Show website for podcasts of Self-Improvement Wednesday, on which Fred is a contributor. The transcript of a recent TV interview on Channel 7's Sunday Sunrise can be found here.
Talks and appearances: Fred has a busy speaking schedule, ranging from science venues like Science in the Pub, Australian Geographic and the Australian Museum to schools talks and community groups. He has a special commitment to science outreach in the bush. Contact Fred for further information.
Further info: A biography
containing more information than you'll ever need. Links to the 2003
David Allen Prize, and the 2006 Eureka Prizes.
Latest revision: 4 September 2006