Why South Africa is building the Square Kilometre Array | Adrian Tiplady | TEDxJohannesburg


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A few years ago Adrian Tiplady was busy trying to forge a career as a jazz musician when he got a phone call saying that the world’s scientific community had proposed to build one of the most technologically advanced science facilities in history, and would he care to assist in putting together a South African bid to host it? But why would a relatively minor country like South Africa have the audacity to submit such a bid? And why would the world want to host such an important facility in Africa? Most importantly, can South Africa muster the competency, expertise and skills to not only host, but also design and build the Square Kilometre Array?

Adrian Tiplady’s eclectic skills set was essential to South Africa’s successful bid to host the SKA. A gifted saxophonist with a PhD in Physics, Adrian prepared a 27 000 page scientific proposal for consideration by world experts, while simultaneously negotiating a complex stakeholder minefield.

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8 Comments
  • getbo
    Posted at 04:19h, 20 September

    TED is DEAD.

  • Bryan Johnston
    Posted at 09:24h, 23 September

    Nice one Adrian đŸ™‚ It was a superfluous performance … I mean, superlative đŸ˜‰

    Exciting times ahead for SKA and South Africa!

  • Jordan Page
    Posted at 04:56h, 08 August

    You rock Adrian!!  You've come a long way since the WINCH!!!!  Congratulations on all your success!!

  • Truth Incorporated
    Posted at 18:15h, 29 June

    Universe? the only universe I've ever seen are CGI images concocted by con artists which this deluded brainwashed scientist so eagerly believes and speaking about it as if he is some authority figure. Please send me video of the earth spinning at 1000 mph and I will take interest in this crap.

  • poloko collen
    Posted at 20:11h, 07 February

    i like this guy…

  • A. P
    Posted at 07:25h, 02 December

    Any updates re SKA?

  • AstroCozzy Amfilohiades
    Posted at 17:22h, 01 August

    A great presentation, Ted.-tks.

  • ERIC TORR
    Posted at 19:59h, 23 April

    This project is the cause of 50,000 people losing their future in South Africa. SKA and government has lied to the community since the inception of this project.
    Adrian Tiplady has NEVER been honest either and neither has anybody else on this project.
    The Astronomy Advantage Areas Act 21 of 2007 was implemented and written without any consultation with the interested and affected parties such as local farmers, Escom, dept of transport, commercial airways, mining, dept of defence, etc.
    To date they have caused animals to die from lack of water because SKA stopped or cut off their water supplies.
    This project is going to cause major unrest in the area, possibly even civil strife or worse.
    To crown it all, it is nothing other than colonialism by Manchester in the UK.