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    Fred Watson

    Professor Fred Watson, AM, is astronomer-in-charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory in Coonabarabran, NSW, and regular columnist for Australian Geographic.

    He received his PhD for a thesis on Multi-object Astronomical Spectroscopy with Optical Fibres, and helped to pioneer the use of fibre optics in astronomy in the early 1980s.

    In 2004, the International Astronomical union named an asteroid after him, 5691 Fredwatson. He is an author and science communicator.