Dr Duane Hamacher


Duane Hamacher is Associate Professor of Cultural Astronomy in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. His work examines humanity’s connection to the stars, from the Pleistocene to the Space Age, with a focus on Australian Indigenous Astronomy. He earned graduate degrees in astrophysics and the social sciences and has appeared on TEDx, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, and many other high profile local and international programs. He serves as an expert consultant for UNESCO and works for Indigenous elders in the Torres Strait and around the world to document traditional star knowledge for educational programs and public understanding.