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Scientific Work of Nicholas Fourikis, MSc PhD


  • Graduated from RMIT (Radio Engineering), MSc from Macquarie (Physics, Maths) and PhD from NSW (Elec., Electronic Eng and Comp Science).
  • Pursued Molecular Radio Astronomy Research with the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics 1963 - 1982
  • Recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship attached to Tokyo University 1977-8
  • Visiting Research Scholar with the Physics Depart UNSW 1982-84
  • In collaboration with Japanese, US and Australian spectroscopists he discovered the following interstellar molecules: Thioformaldehyde, Methylamine, Acetaldehyde, Trans-Ethyl Alcohol and Deuterated Water.


Read how interstellar Thioformaldehyde and Methylamine were discovered in
1. Thioformaldehyde
2. Methylamine ; and
3. An Australian perspective on the discovery of interstellar molecules.

Parkes Radio Telescope
The Parkes Radiotelescope used to discover interstellar Thioformaldehyde, Methylamine and Acetaldehyde
Kitt Peak Telescope
The Kitt-Peak mm-wave radiotelescope used to discover interstellar Trans-Ethyl Alcohol and Deuterated Water

  • Senior Research Scientist with DSTO 1984-1997
  • Pioneered work on wideband Radars
  • Australian National Leader in the Radar Panel of the Technical Cooperation Program
  • Sole author of the book Phased Array-Based Systems and Applications, 1997. John Wiley & Sons.
Phased array based systems


  • Authored / co-authored some ninety research publications.
  • Sole author of the book Advanced Phased Array Systems Applications and RF Technologies 2000. Academic Press.

Both books are used by final year students of Radioastronomy / Radars.
Advanced array systems


The name of Dr Fourikis is now included in the Inaugural Edition of "Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century." A reference title compiled by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.