ICCV13 Keynote Speaker
BRad is a Laureate Fellow at The Australian National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory. BRad was raised in Montana and Alaska, USA, and received undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 1989. Under the supervision of Robert Kirshner, he completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. In 1994 he and Nick Suntzeff formed the HighZ SN Search team, a group of 20 astronomers on 5 continents who used distant exploding stars to trace the expansion of the Universe back in time. This group's discovery of an accelerating Universe was named Science Magazine's Breakthrough of the Year for 1998. BRad joined the staff of the Australian National University in 1995, and was awarded the Australian Government's inaugural Malcolm McIntosh award for achievement in the Physical Sciences , The Australian Academy of Sciences Pawsey Medal, the Astronomical Society of India's Vainu Bappu Medal, and an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship. Schmidt was jointly awarded the US$1M Shaw Prize for Astronomy, and shared the US$0.5M Gruber Prize for Cosmology with his High-Z SN Search Team colleagues. In he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the United States National Academy, and Foreign Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences. His work on the accelerating universe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Adam Riess and Saul Perlmutter. BRad is continuing his work using exploding stars to study the Universe, and is leading Mt Stromlo’s effort to build the SkyMapper telescope, a new facility that will provide a comprehensive digital map of the southern sky from ultraviolet through near infrared wavelengths.