Philip Diamond

Director General

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Professor Philip Diamond is Director General of the SKA Organisation.

Professor Diamond has worked as a professional astronomer in five countries (UK, Sweden, Germany, USA and Australia) and has been the Director of two leading radio astronomy organisations: Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS). In his current role, as Chief of CASS, Professor Diamond directs the operation of two major facilities: the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF: comprising Parkes Observatory, the Australia Telescope Compact Array and the Mopra telescope) and the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla, part of NASA’s Deep Space Network. In addition, he is responsible for the team designing and constructing ASKAP, the Australian SKA Pathfinder, currently being built in Western Australia.

He first became involved in the SKA in 2000, shortly after his return to the UK from 12 years at the NRAO in the USA, when he organised one of the early meetings of the International SKA Steering Committee (ISSC). Since that time, he has been heavily involved in various SKA activities. He was one of the longest-serving members of the ISSC, which later became the SSEC, and chaired the committee in 2005/6.

Professor Diamond will succeed Dr Michiel van Haarlem, the interim Director General, who has been in the position since the establishment of the SKA Organisation as a UK company limited by guarantee in December 2011.