Paul Curnow (B.ED) - Biography
Paul Curnow (B.ED) is a council member of the Astronomical Society of South Australia and a former council member of the Field Geology Club of South Australia. He has been a lecturer at the Adelaide Planetarium since 1992 and was the recipient of the ASSA editor’s award for 2000, and then again in 2010. In 2002, he served as a southern sky specialist for visiting U.S. and British astronomers who were in Australia for the total solar eclipse. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on Australian Aboriginal night sky knowledge; and in 2004, he worked in conjunction with the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center Planetarium in Ohio, on the creation of a show that features Indigenous Australian stories of the night sky. In addition, Paul runs a number of popular courses for the general public that focus on the constellations, planetary astronomy, historical astronomy and ethnoastronomy, which primarily deals with how the night sky is seen by non-western cultures. He appeared as the keynote speaker at the inaugural 2010 Lake Tyrrell Star Party in Sea Lake, Victoria and recently returned from New Zealand after being a special guest speaker at the Carter Observatory in Wellington. Since 2012 Paul has taken the role of lecturer for the Astronomy & Universe course (EDUC1036) for the School of Education at the University of South Australia. Paul appears regularly in the media and has authored over 40 articles on astronomy.
His personal interests outside of astronomy include general science, extinct Australian mega-fauna, Australian history, palaeoanthropology, archaeology, anthropology and world history. He also enjoys bushwalking and the natural environment, and is a keen fan of science fiction movies and the martial arts. Paul is based in the city of Adelaide in South Australia (S.A. land area 983,482 km), which has a population of approximately 1.23-million people.
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