Name    Prof.dr. Harvey Raymond Butcher

Date of birth  3 August 1947

Place of birth  Salem, Massachusetts, USA

Marital status  Married to Phillipa Ruth Butcher née Newton

    (School of Psychology, Australian National Univ.)

Citizenship   Netherlands; USA

Work address

Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Mt. Stromlo Observatory, Australian National University

Cotter Road

Weston Creek, ACT 2611     Australia



    Bachelor of Science, with Honors, in Astrophysics, 1969

    California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

    PhD, in Astronomy, 1974

    Australian National University, Mt Stromlo Observatory, Canberra

    Dissertation:  “Observational Studies of Nucleosynthesis”

    Supervisors:  Prof. Michael Bessell, Prof. Alex Rodgers

Research interests

    Evolution of galaxies, Nucleosynthesis, Physics of non-thermal radio sources,

    Design and implementation of advanced astronomical instrumentation


1967 – 1969  Research assistant, Infrared Astronomy Group, Caltech, Pasadena

1970 – 1974  Research scholar, Mt Stromlo Obs, ANU, Canberra

1974 – 1976  Bart Bok Fellow, Steward Obs, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson

1976 – 1983  Staff astronomer, U.S. Kitt Peak National Obs, Tucson

1983 – 2007Professor of Observational Astronomy, Univ of Groningen, Netherlands

1989 – 1990  Staff Associate, European Southern Observatory, Garching

1991 – 2007 Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research

2007 – 2013Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University, Canberra

Management positions

1978 – 1982  Program Director, Detector Applications, KPNO and CTIO

1978 – 1982  Project scientist  Multi-object cryogenic CCD spectrometer, KPNO

1979 – 1981  Project scientist  IRAF data analysis software project, KPNO

1981 – 1982  Project scientist  Speckle Spectrometer, KPNO

1983 – 1991  Director,  Kapteyn Observatory, Univ. of Groningen

1991 – 2007 Director,  Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (ASTRON)

2007 – 2013Director, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mt Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories, Australian National University

Board and Policy level committees

1981 – 1982 Chairman Science Policy Committee, U.S. Kitt Peak National Observatory

1983 – 1991 Member Dutch Steering Committee, UK/NL Collaboration (Hawaii, LaPalma)

1984 – 1991 Member La Palma Procurement Management Committee (Isaac Newton Group

of optical telescopes, Canary Islands)

1984 – 1990 Member European Southern Observatory Science and Technical Committee

1984 – 1990 Member ESO Very Large Telescope Evaluation Panel

1988 – 1992 Member International La Palma Management and Coordinating Committee

1990 – 1991 Member Advisory Committee, Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy

1991 – 1998 Member Joint UK/NL Steering Committee (Isaac Newton Group, La Palma)

1991 – 1998 Member James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Board

1995 – 1996 Chairman James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Board

1992 – 1999 Member Consortium Board of Directors, European VLBI Network

1993 – 1996 Chairman Consortium Board of Directors, European VLBI Network

1993 – 2007 Member Board of Governors, Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe

1993 – 1998 Member Board of Leids Sterrewacht Fonds

1993 – 1998 Member Board of Jan Hendrick Oort Fonds

1993 – 1998 Member Board of Leids Kerkhoven-Bosscha Fonds

1996 – 1999 Chairman OECD Mega Science Forum Working Group on Radio Astronomy

1999 – 2005Member International Square Kilometer Array Consortium Steering Committee

1999 – 2005 Member Board of Trustees, NEROC–Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2000 – 2003 Chairman European Square Kilometer Array Consortium

2000 – 2004 Member Physics and Astronomy Council, Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

2001 – 2002 Member OECD Global Science Forum Task Force on Radio Astronomy and

the Radio Spectrum

2001 – 2006 President European Astronomical Society

2004 – 2006Member EU FP6 RadioNet Board

2005 – 2007 Member Board of EU FP6 SKA Design Study

2005 – 2007 Chairman Board of Governors, LOFAR Foundation

2007 – 2013 Member Giant Magellan Telescope Organization Board of Directors

2008 – 2013Member National Committee for Astronomy, Australian Academy of Science

2008 – 2013Member Executive Committee, ANU College of Science

2009 – 2013 Member Education Investment Fund-Giant Magellan Telescope Oversight Cmte

2010 – 2013 Member Board of ANU Korea Institute

2010 – 2013 Member of Board, US Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy

Membership in learned and professional societies

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities

International Astronomical Union

European Astronomical Society

American Astronomical Society

Royal Astronomical Society (London)

Australian Astronomical Society

Personal awards/honors (excluding awards to ASTRON Institute)

Wubbo Ockels Prize (1994) for innovative research in astronomy and the development of

innovative spectroscopic instrumentation

Knighthood in the Order of the Netherlands Lion (2005), for contributions to multidisciplinary

science, innovation and public outreach