Peter Quinn (astronomer)

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Professor Peter Quinn is Executive Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Perth, Western Australia[1] and was previously the head of the Data Management and Operations Division at the European Southern Observatory (ESO).[2]

Professor Quinn has authored more than 300 published scientific papers[2] and was awarded the 'Western Australian Scientist of the Year' in 2012.[3] Professor Quinn is also a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.[4]

At the ESO Quinn was working towards the creation of the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory, a massive virtual database of astronomical data, designed to allow astrophysicists to carry out research using existing data without using valuable telescope time.

Prior to working at ESO, Dr. Quinn taught astrophysics at Caltech for several years, working with Gerald Jay Sussman. His scientific interests include the study of dark matter, computational cosmology, galactic formation, and MACHOs.