Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker

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Senior Research Fellow (Curtin University)
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
2019 Superstar of STEM
Science and Technology Australia
Perth, WA, Australia


radio astronomy, galaxies, supernova remnants, supercomputing


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Training ABC Top 5 Scientist Media Residency (2018) Superstars of STEM programme (2019) Media appearances / publications A segment for the ABC RN Science Show on the careers of female astronomers past and present 1 (2018) Appearing on the world’s longest-running television show, the BBC Sky at Night, in a special edition of Outback Astronomy (2018) Article on TheConversation about the low-frequency radio sky (2016) ABC RN Ockham's Razor live recording (2019) ~ 80 more radio, television, print, and podcast interviews Public event experience Cosmos Calling: Space, the Next Frontier: Zonta Club Centenary (2019) Three outreach talks for National Science Week (2019) Discussing the future impacts of big data on science and society “In Conversation” with sustainability expert Josh Byrne at the State Library of WA Disrupted Festival (2018) Giving talks on Women in STEM and our Multiwavelength Universe at the Geraldton Scinapse Festival (2018); Speaking at Science Cafe 2018 to 400 high-school students and teachers about careers in STEM; Presenting “How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies” at TEDx Perth 2016, subsequently elevated to TED.com and viewed over 1M times 2 ; Presenting at the Pint of Science festival (2016, 2019) Giving speeches at Australia’s largest astronomy festival, Astrofest, for 2013, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Plus more than I can list here...


Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker is an award-winning radio astronomer passionate about understanding the Universe, and bringing the beauty of astronomy to the world. After obtaining her PhD in radio astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 2010, she moved to Australia to help commission the Murchison Widefield Array, a low-frequency precursor to the Square Kilometer Array. Using this telescope, she created a panoramic view of the Universe at low radio frequencies: the GaLactic and Extragalactic All-sky MWA Survey.

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Last updated: 22 Oct 2019