Antonio Chrysostomou is the Head of Science Operations Planning for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, an international collaborative effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope. Comprising two telescopes – one in Western Australia and the other in South Africa, with the General Headquarters based here at the Jodrell Bank Observatory. When built, the SKA will be the largest scientific facility on the planet, providing a major opportunity for exploring the Universe to a degree of sensitivity and resolution not previously possible – perhaps an interesting preamble for the play “Little Green Men” on Thursday October 11th!
Antonio graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London with a First Class Honours degree in Physics and Astronomy, and gained his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh. For many years he was Reader in Astrophysics at the University of Hertfordshire where, as well as teaching Physics and Astrophysics students, he researched the processes that lead gas and dust in the Universe to form the stars we see in the night sky. His research career has taken him to many exotic places including a number of years working at observatories on the summit of Maunakea, an extinct volcano on the island of Hawaii. Since 2015 he has been Head of Science Operations at the SKA.