Internet Discovery Wins Researcher $300,000

A man who discovered a technology integral to wireless internet while searching for exploding black holes has won this year’s Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. John O’Sullivan, 62, a CSIRO researcher from Sydney, received his $300,000 award from Kevin Rudd at Parliament House last night. Dr O’Sullivan’s invention, now used by almost a billion people a day, had its genesis in a 1977 paper he wrote about how a set of mathematical equations could be used to sharpen images from optical telescopes

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