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Duane W. Hamacher

Duane W. Hamacher

Senior ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow, Monash University

Dr Duane Hamacher is an astronomer and Senior Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre in Melbourne. His research focuses on Indigenous astronomical and geological knowledge and traditions, particularly in Australia and the Pacific.

His current project, funded by a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council, explores the astronomical knowledge of Torres Strait Islanders.

Born in the US, Duane earned a degree in physics from the University of Missouri before moving to Australia to complete a research Masters degree in astrophysics at UNSW searching for extrasolar planets, followed by a PhD in Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University studying Aboriginal Astronomy.

He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Chair of the IAU Working Group on Intangible Heritage, Secretary of the International Society of Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture, and an associate editor of the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage.

Space Science Series

How far they'll go: Moana shows the power of Polynesian celestial navigation

Feb 15, 2017 07:54 am UTC| Science

This article contains minor spoilers. One of the greatest feats of human migration in history was the colonisation of the vast Pacific Ocean by Polynesian peoples. They achieved it thanks to their sophisticated...

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Economy

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Politics

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What does Ramaphosa's victory mean for South Africa's economy?

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Science

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Technology

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