Bernie Fanaroff

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Bernie Fanaroff
ResidenceSouth Africa
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of the Witwatersrand
University of Cambridge
Known forFanaroff–Riley classification,[1] with Julia Riley
Scientific career
FieldsRadio astronomy
InstitutionsSquare Kilometre Array

Bernie Fanaroff (born 1947) is a South African astronomer who was director of the South African square kilometre array.[2] [3]

While working on his PhD in radio astronomy, he made a breakthrough in the classification of radio galaxies, along with British astronomer Julia Riley, which became known as the Fanaroff–Riley classification.[2]

After completing his PhD, he became a trade unionist and served as the national secretary for the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa before joining Government as a Deputy Director-General in the Office of President Nelson Mandela.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 2017 he was awarded the Karl G. Jansky Lectureship.[4] In 2018, he was presented a Lifetime achievement award by the National Research Foundation.[5]


  1. ^ Fanaroff, Bernard L.; Riley Julia M. (May 1974). "The morphology of extragalactic radio sources of high and low luminosity". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 167: 31P–36P. Bibcode:1974MNRAS.167P..31F. doi:10.1093/mnras/167.1.31p.
  2. ^ a b c "Dr Bernie Fanaroff". South African Presidency. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  3. ^ SKA. "Dr Bernie Fanaroff receives South Africa's highest honour" Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Media release, Cape Town, 27 April 2014. Retrieved on 29 September 2014.
  4. ^ "2017 Jansky Lectureship Awarded to South African Astronomer Bernie Fanaroff - National Radio Astronomy Observatory". Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  5. ^ Africa News Agency (October 1, 2018). "Kudos to Dr Bernie Fanaroff". IOL.