Sackett, Penny D. (1956-)

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Sackett, Penny D.
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Chief Scientist; Physicist; Astronomer
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Penny Sackett was Chief Scientist of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2008 to 2011. Her research interests include dark matter, galactic structure and the search for extrasolar planets using gravitational microlensing, and involved managing large and complex science projects across broad international partnerships. After a research career in the United States and the Netherlands, Sackett was appointed Director of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University in 2002. Here she strengthened the connections between astronomy, astro-engineering, and the Australian industrial sector, as well as raising the international profile of Australian astronomy. She was responsible for the management Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran, New South Wales and Mount Stromlo Observatory in Canberra. After Mt Stromlo was destroyed in 2003 by bush fires she led the multi-million dollar effort to rebuild the Observatory, restoring it to its place as an international centre for research, training, and high-tech instrumentation, and initiating its partnership in the Giant Magellan Telescope. As Chief Scientist Sackett worked to introduce long-term, cross-portfolio and cross-disciplinary policy discussions into the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. In 2011 she founded Strategic Advisory Services as a provider of strategic advisory services in sustainability, science and science communication.

  • Education - BSc, University of Nebraska at Omaha, U.S.A.
  • Award - Andrew Mellon Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
  • Education - PhD, University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
  • Career position - Program Director of Education, Human Resources and Special Programs Division, Astronomical Sciences, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
  • Career position - Research member and J. Seward Johnson Fellow, Princeton University, U.S.A.
  • Career position - Visiting Research Member, School of Natural Sciences, Princeton University, U.S.A.
  • Career position - Assistant Professor, Kapteny Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Career position - Member, Facilities Program Committee, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
  • Career position - Associate Professor, Kapteny Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Career position - Visiting Scientist, Anglo-Australian Observatory
  • Career position - Visiting Member, Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies, U.S.A.
  • Career position - Professor of Extragalactic Optical and Infrared Astronomy, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Career position - Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University
  • Career position - Director of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University
  • Career position - Member, National Committee for Astronomy, Australian Academy of Science
  • Career position - Member, Board of Management, Australian Astronomy Major Research Facility Award
  • Career position - Member, Australian Gemini Steering Committee
  • Career position - Member, Board of Directors, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)
  • Career position - Member, Board of Directors, Giant Magellan Telescope
  • Career position - Adjunct Professor, Australian National University
  • Career position - Chief Scientist, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Career position - Founded Strategic Advisory Services
  • Career position - Deputy Chair, ACT Climate Change Council
  • Career position - Board Member, ACT Renewable Energy Innovation Fund

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Professor Penny D. Sackett was appointed Director of ANU's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories in 2002. She holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Pittsburgh, and has held positions at Amherst College (USA), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, USA), and the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute (NL).

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Professor Penny D. Sackett was appointed Director of ANU's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories in 2002. She holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Pittsburgh, and has held positions at Amherst College (USA), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, USA), and the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute (NL).

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  1. Sackett, Penny D.
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Some Aspects of the Scientific Development and Astronomical Research of Penny Sackett
    Bhathal, R.
    Published: 2013
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 146, 142-52

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  1. Penny Sackett interviewed by Ragbir Bhathal in the Australian astronomers oral history project
    Sackett, Penny D., 1956-
    [ Sound : 2013 ]
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    Penny Sackett interviewed by Ragbir Bhathal in the Australian astronomers oral history project
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  2. Chief Scientist for Australia - Professor Penny D Sackett
    Sackett, Penny D., 1956-
    [ Archived website, Periodical : 2009-2011 ]
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  3. Why physics is important to Australia (and vice versa)
    Sackett, Penny D
    Australian Physics
    [ Article : 2009 ]
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  4. Warped disks and inclined rings around galaxies / edited by Stefano Casertano, Penny D. Sackett, Franklin H. Briggs
    [ Conference Proceedings : 1991 ]
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    Warped disks and inclined rings around galaxies / edited by Stefano Casertano, Penny D. Sackett, Franklin H. Briggs
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  5. Microlensing 2000 : a new era in microlensing astrophysics : proceedings of a meeting held at Cape Town, South Africa, 21-25 February 2000 / edited by John Menzies and Penny D. Sackett
    Microlensing 2000 Cape Town, South Africa) (2000 :
    [ Conference Proceedings : 2001 ]
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    Microlensing 2000 : a new era in microlensing astrophysics : proceedings of a meeting held at Cape Town, South Africa, 21-25 February 2000 / edited by John Menzies and Penny D. Sackett
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  6. Microlensing 2000 : A New Era in Microlensing Astrophysics: Proceedings of the Meeting on Microlensing 2000 (Cape Town, South Africa)
    Menzies, John
    [ : 2001 ]
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  7. Discovery of the optical counterpart and early optical observations of GRB 990712
    Sahu, Kailash C; Vreeswijk, P. M; Bakos, Gaspar A; Menzies, John W; Bragaglia, Angela; Frontera, Filippo; Piro, Luigi; Albrow, Michael D; Bond, Ian H; ...
    [ Article : 2000 ]
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  8. Combined Analysis of the Binary Lens Caustic-crossing Event MACHO 98-SMC-1
    Afonso, J; Alard, C; Albert, J N; Andersen, J; Ansari, R; Aubourg, E; Bareyre, P; Bauer, F; Beaulieu, J.-P; Bouquet, A; Char, S; Charlot, X; Couchot, ...
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  1. Penny Sackett interviewed by Ragbir Bhathal in the Australian astronomers oral history project
    Sackett, Penny D., 1956-
    [ Sound : 2013 ]
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  1. Australian National University (1946-)
    ... Sackett, Penny D. (1956 - ) ...
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  1. MR. D. K. SHANNON LISMORE FAREWELL LEAVING FOR HOMELAND
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  2. AN ANCIENT COIN.
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    ... AN ANCIENT COIN. On view in Messrs. Sackett and Howard's window is a bronze Roman coin ol the ... period ol Autoninlus 1'lno, who was Emperor A.D. titS-Ml. Tho coin, which" was unearthed In Tjancashiro ... 208 words
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  3. NEW VENUE FOR FLORAL FESTIVAL "RIVIERA" SECRETARY DENIES "RUMOURS"
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    ... . Sackett) I issued the following statement last night in regard to the decision of the Lismore branch of ... ," said Mr. Sackett. "For the coming function the 'Riviera' was booked in the usual way and at the time of ... 676 words
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  1. A Deep Wide-Field Variable Star Catalog of ω Centauri
    Weldrake, David; Sackett, Penny; Bridges, Terry C
    [ Article : 2007-2015 ]
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  2. Discovery of a cool planet of 5.5 Earth masses through gravitational microlensing
    Beaulieu, J.-P; Bennett, D P; Fouque, P; Williams, Andrew; Sackett, Penny; Dominik, M; Jorgensen, U G; Kubas, D; Cassan, A; Coutures, C; Greenhill, J; ...
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  3. High-Precision Limb-Darkening Measurement of a K3 Giant Using Microlensing
    Fields, Dale; Albrow, M; An, J; Beaulieu, J.-P; Caldwell, J A R; DePoy, D; Dominik, M; Gaudi, B S; Gould, A; Greenhill, J; Hill, Kym; Jorgensen, U G; ...
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  4. Planet II: A Microlensing and Transit Search for Extrasolar Planets
    Sackett, Penny; Albrow, M; Beaulieu, J.-P; Caldwell, J A R; Coutures, C; Dominik, M; Greenhill, J; Hill, Kym; Horne, Keith; Jorgensen, U G; Kane, S; K ...
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    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 15 November 1956 [Issue No.67] p 3489

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    ... Act 1936-1956. New South Wales. Abbott, Douglas William (practising as D. W. Abbott & Co.), 342 Grey ... Income Tax and Social Services Contribution Assessment Act 1936-1956—Part VIIa. REGISTRATION OF TAX ... 82927 words
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    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Tuesday 10 December 1957 [Issue No.68] p 3867

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    ... Act 1936-1956. New South Wales. Abbott, Douglas William (practising as D. W. Abbott & Co.), 342 Grey ... Floor, Union House, 247 George-street, Sydney. Armstrong, E. D., Sullivan, Crandon & Co., 96 Keen ... 86396 words
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    [ Book : 1995 ]
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