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Rachel Webster

Professor
Physics
Epoch of Reionisation
Black holes
Microlensing
Cosmology
weak and strong lensing
broad line region
terabyte datasets
low frequency radio telescopes
first stars
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Prof

Rachel Webster

 
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Science
 
Primary Interest
Gravitational lensing
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Prof

Rachel Webster

 

Professor Rachel Webster is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the School of Physics where she has been a faculty member since 1992.

Professor Rachel Webster has had a stellar career teaching and researching astronomy for over 20 years.

Originally gaining her doctorate thesis at Cambridge University, she has spent productive years honing her skills in Canada at the University of Toronto, both teaching and doing research. Her work has been internationally recognized with internationally prestigious scholarships. She was also the inaugural AIP Woman in Physics Lecturer. In 1992, she returned to The University of Melbourne to take up a position as a teaching and research academic within the School of Physics where she currently leads the Astrophysics research group comprising more than 60 research students and staff. She has a continuing commitment to equity and diversity in science.
Her group is varied and diverse and covers both observational and theoretical research areas. Her observational program utilises world class equipment such as the Australia Telescope Compact Array, the Gemini Telescopes, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory amongst other instruments. She is a key member of an international consortium involving Australian and American astrophysicists who have designed and built a new low frequency radio telescope at Boolardy in Western Australia, known as the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA). This major project aims to detect the first sources in the universe. Such information is gleaned from her theoretical studies and detection of reionised hydrogen atoms and the structural analysis of neutral hydrogen clouds. Professor Webster's other research interests include quasar emission regions, gravitational lensing and cosmology. She has a keen interest in issues around sustainability and climate change, with a side interest in the physics of geothermal energy.

Professor Webster is also a Chief Investigator at the Melbourne node of the national ARC Centre of Excellence for Astrophysics in 3D (ASTRO-3D), a Board member of Australian Astronomy Limited (AAL), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, an Officer of the Order of Australia, and a keen rower.

Projects

Displaying the 28 most recent projects by Rachel Webster.

28

Projects

Project Types


17

Research Grant


7

Research Contracts


4

Internal Research Grant


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 131 most recent scholarly works by Rachel Webster.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2020

Officer of the Order of Australia


2010

Victorian Honour Roll of Women

2006

Australian Mid-career Mentoring Award

Nature Midcareer Mentoring

2005

Caroline Herschel Invited Distinguished Lecture

Caroline Herschel Distinguished Lecturer, Space Telescope Science Institute

1997

Inaugural Woman Lecturer in Physics

Australian Institute of Physics

1989

Annie J Cannon Award (runner up)

American Astronomical Society

1982

Amelia Earhart Fellowship (1982, 1983)

Zonta International

1980

International Fellowship

American Association of University Women

2018

FAA - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science


1992

Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia


10

Awards

Credentials

Positions


Professor

Physics

Member Of The Royal Society Of Victoria

The Royal Society of Victoria

Astronomical Society Of Australia

Astronomical Society of Australia

Full Member

American Astronomical Society

Member

International Astronomical Union

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Cambridge

Master of Science

University of Sussex

Bachelor of Science

Monash University