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Distinguished Professor Karl Glazebrook

ARC Laureate Fellow


Professor Karl Glazebrook FAA is a Laureate Fellow and Distinguished Professor in Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS). His research interests include observational cosmology, astronomical instrumentation/software and the formation and evolutionary history of galaxies. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences (elected in 2017) and before receiving his Laureate Fellowship was Director of CAS (2014-2019).

He is currently leading a research group, addressing fundamental questions in galaxy evolution by observations on the largest telescopes (4-8m diameter) such as Keck, Magellan and the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT). A Highly Cited researcher, Professor Glazebrook has also served as Chair of the International Facilities Working Group of the Australian Astronomy Decadal 2016-2025 Plan and as a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts. He has extensive experience in research management and research capability building. 

Professor Glazebrook’s scientific accomplishments include the development of the 'nod and shuffle' spectroscopic technique, characterising the bimodal colour and environmental distributions of local galaxies, the study of the morphological and spectroscopic evolution of galaxies over cosmic time using Gemini, Hubble and Keck telescopes and the development of innovative cosmological techniques such as the use of 'Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations'. He has received the Muhlmann Award for his work on astronomical instrumentation. 

Research interests

Advanced Statistics and Big Data; Galaxy Formation; Cosmology; GPU and advanced HPC algorithms; Scientific Computing and Visualisation; Applied Optics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy - 510103
  • Space Instrumentation - 510906
  • Astronomical Instrumentation - 510102

Teaching areas

Applied Optics;Big Bang Cosmology;Cosmology;Galaxy Formation;Scientific Computing and Visualisation;Star and Planet Formation


  • 2017, National, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Science
  • 2012, International, Thomson Reuters Australian Citation Laureate , Thomson Reuters
  • 2011, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellors Research Award , Swinburne University
  • 2010, Swinburne, Distinguished Professor, Swinburne University
  • 2008, International, Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award , Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • 2008, International, Group achievement award, Royal Astronomical Society
  • 2007, International, ISI Highly Cited Researcher , Thomson Reuters
  • 2006, National, Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia , Astronomical Society of Australia
  • 2000, International, Packard Fellowship, David and Lucille Packard Foundation
  • 2000, International, Asteroid 10099 named 'Glazebrook', International Astronomical Union


Also published as: Glazebrook, Karl; Glazebrook, K.; Glazebrook, Karl G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Australian Access to the Legacy Survey of Space and Time *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2023: Revealing the Unseen Universe with Gravitational Lensing *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2022: LTAO Keck RTC extension - Phase 1 *; Microgate Srl
  • 2019: Deep learning: the 1st billion years with Next Generation Telescopes *; ARC Laureate Fellowships
  • 2019: Searching Astronomical Big Data with Azure and AI *; Microsoft Research Asia
  • 2018: Real Time Controller Systems for use in Keck Laser Guide Start Adaptive Optics System *; Microgate Srl
  • 2017: 2017 Visiting Fellowships Scheme - Dr Thomas Collett *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2017: ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme
  • 2017: Project to support the Astronomy Data and Computing Services under the Astronomy NCRIS Program *; Astronomy Australia Limited
  • 2016: Australian membership of the European 4MOST Consortium *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2015: Kunlun Infrared Sky Survey *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme - For funding commencing in 2015
  • 2015: The Australian European Southern Observatory Positioner (AESOP) *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme - For funding commencing in 2015
  • 2014: A Sensitive Tip-Tilt Wave-Front Sensor for the Multi-Conjugate Adaptive-Optics System on the Gemini South Telescope *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Scheme - For funding commencing in 2014
  • 2013: The Morphological Evolution of Galaxies Over Cosmic Time *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2013: The SAMI facility: a revolutionary multi-object hexabundle spectrograph *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2012: Detailed spectrophotometric/velocity mapping of galaxies and identifying transient GRBs and the first stars with the unique upgraded WiFeS facility *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2012: Galactic Turmoil (Victorian International Research Scholarship) *; Victorian Department of Business and Innovation
  • 2011: Koala: a new integral field capability for the Anglo-Australian Telescope *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2010: GNOSIS: a new window on the early universe using revolutionary photonic technology *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme

* Chief Investigator