Professor Susan Scott is Professor of Theoretical Physics at The Australian National University (ANU). She has a BSc (Hons) majoring in Pure Mathematics from Monash University and a PhD in Mathematical Physics from The University of Adelaide. As the recipient of a Rhodes Fellowship, she then spent 4 years at The University of Oxford working with the research group led by Prof Sir Roger Penrose, before returning to Australia to take up a research fellowship at the ANU. She has been a faculty member in Physics at the ANU since 1998.
Susan’s research field is general relativity and gravitational physics. She is a leading international expert in the singularity structure of space-time, including the singularities at the heart of black holes as well as cosmological singularities at the beginning and end of the Universe. In 1998 she initiated and led the Australian endeavour in gravitational wave data analysis forming a collaboration with LIGO ultimately leading to participation in the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. Susan is an author of more than 250 research papers and a definitive book on black holes. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the European Academy of Sciences and a former President of the Australasian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation. She is a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).