Penny Diane Sackett
, daughter of Arthur LaVerne Sackett
and Neola Lucille Read
, was born in Lincoln, NebraskaG
, on 28 February 1956.1
Professor Penny Sackett is an astronomer and astrophysicist. She was the Chief Scientist of Australia from November 2008 to March 2011.
Penny has developed gravitational microlensing systems to search for extrasolar planets, as well as researching dark matter and galactic structure. She was a member of the team of astronomers who discovered the first known earth-sized planet orbiting a normal star other than the Sun in the inner Milky Way.1
Penny Sackett, portrait by Andrew Mezei at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia