Skip to main content

John O'Sullivan from the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO) has been awarded the Australian Prime Ministers Special Prize in Science for 2009. The prize recognises his contribution to the development of WiFi. When you use a WiFi network at home, in the office or at the airport, you are using patented technology born of the work of O'Sullivan and his colleagues.

Published by the editorial team, 30 October 2009

O'Sullivan worked at ASTRON in the early days of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) and the early observations that inspired his work were made with this telescope. This is one of the many practical examples of the impact of research in radio astronomy on society.

For more information, see the article about the recognition of the prize, as well as an interview with John O'Sullivan.

Wi-Fi is a class of wireless local area network (WLAN) devices. Today, a Wi-Fi device is installed in many personal computers, video game consoles, smartphones, printers, and virtually all laptop or palm-sized computers.

Photo credit: Bearcage Productions


Latest tweets

Our congratulations go out to Anna Bilous and her colleagues, for this intriguing paper, which was published in Nature.

Every year on May 4th we put our Westerbork telescopes into mourning mode, to remember all the victims who fought for our freedom. Watch the video that we made a couple of years ago in cooperation with @kampwesterbork, demonstrating this. #4mei #Memorial

Our radio telescopes don't need the darkness to function, but they do need quiet skies, free from radio interference. This month is Dark and Quiet Skies month. What can you do to keep our skies dark and quiet?

Daily Image of the Week: Blast from the past

Subscribe to our newsletter. For previous editions, click here.