Member of the scientific team that detected the gravitational waves

Member of the scientific team that detected the gravitational waves

Andrew Melatos is an Associate Professor and Reader in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Prof. Melatos is one of the scientists who participated in the scientific team that made first direct detection of gravitational waves.

The scientific team confirmed Einstein’s theory of general relativity and opened up a new way in which to view the universe.

Melatos received his Bachelor of Science in 1991 from the University of Sydney and his PhD in 1995 from the same university.

From 1995 until 1997, Prof. Melatos was a Research Fellow at the field of Theoretical Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology in the United States. From 1997 until 2000, he was a Miller Fellow at the field of Astronomy at the University of California at Berkeley in the United States.

In 2004 until 2007, he served on the National Committee for Astronomy of the Australian Academy of Science, which authored the 2005 Decadal Review of Australian Astronomy.

Melatos has also served as Chair of the International Steering Committee of the Texas Symposium Series and as a member of the Australia Telescope Time Assignment Committee  and Gemini Telescope Science Advisory Committee.

Professor Andrew Melatos has made many publications among them are: the “The characterization of Virgo data and its impact on gravitational-wave searches”, the “All-sky Search for Periodic Gravitational Waves in the Full S5 LIGO Data”, and the “Gravitational wave emission from a magnetically deformed non-barotropic neutron star”.