Ken Freeman: The 2004 Antoinette de Vaucouleurs Memorial Lecturer
The eleventh award of the Antoinette de Vaucouleurs Memorial Lectureship and Medal honors the distinguished Australian
astrophysicist Professor Ken Freeman of The Australian National University in Canberra.
Professor Freeman earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Western Australia in 1962, and a Ph.D.
in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Cambridge in 1965. Following his Ph.D., he was the W.J. McDonald
Postdoctoral Fellow working with Antoinette and Gérard de Vaucouleurs at The University. After a year as a Research
Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, he returned to Australia to a long highly distinguished career at The Australian
National University where he is currently the Duffield Professor in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
of the Institute of Advanced Studies.
Professor Freeman's research has concentrated on the formation, dynamics, and evolution of globular clusters and
galaxies, including the Milky Way galaxy. His ground-breaking work on spiral galaxies has spawned an industry trying
to understand how these galaxies acquire their mass. His observational work on the components of our own Milky Way
galaxy is of fundamental importance to theoretical models for its formation. He has also led significant efforts trying
to measure the dark halo content in galaxies of all masses. Freeman was one of the first astronomers to point out that
spiral galaxies are rich in dark matter. By synthesizing results over all galaxy types, Professor Freeman places himself in
a unique position to make advances into one of the most important problems of our times: the nature of dark matter.
He is clearly one of the most important figures in astronomy, advancing understanding of how galaxies form and evolve.
His publications total more than 400 and are very frequently cited. The Information Sciences Institute (ISI) named him
as one of Australia's most cited scientist from all surveyed sciences. The ISI lists him in their list of 250 most highly-cited
researchers in the space sciences.
Mon., Jan. 26, 2004
Presentation of the Antoinette de Vaucouleurs Medal to Ken Freeman by Don Winget, Chair, Department
of Astronomy and Reception in Frank N. Edmonds Lounge
The Antoinette de Vaucouleurs Memorial Lecture by Ken Freeman:
Tues., Jan. 27, 2004
Popular Lecture by Ken Freeman:
Globular Clusters - Cannonballs of the Cosmos
Professor Freeman was elected in 1981 a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and in 1998 the American
Astronomical Society and the American Institute of Physics awarded him the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics. He
has held numerous prestigious visiting appointments and lectureships including the Aaronson Lectureship at the
University of Arizona (1990), the J.H. Oort Professorship at Leiden University in The Netherlands (1994), the Beatrice
Tinsley Professorship at The University of Texas at Austin (2001), Visiting Member at the Institute of Advanced Study in
Princeton (1984, 1988), and appointment as Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute
from 1988 to the present.
In Memoriam: Antoinette de Vaucouleurs