Tony Williams earned a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematical Physics in
1980 and then a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons) in 1981, both at the
University of Adelaide.
He then shifted to The Flinders University of South
Australia where, in 1985, he was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physics.
His first postdoctoral position was working with Prof. Tony Thomas in the
Theoretical Physics group at the University
of Adelaide from 1984-86.
Following this he moved to the U.S. to work with the Nuclear Theory group in the
Department of Physics at the University of Washington
in Seattle, where he was a postdoctoral research associate for three years from 1986-89. The
department was also host to the National Institute
for Nuclear Theory supported by the (U.S.) Department of Energy.
In August 1989 he began work as an Assistant Professor at
Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he
had a joint appointment in the Department
of Physics and in the Supercomputer Computations Research Institute (SCRI).
He was elected a Fellow of the
Australian Institute of Physics in 1992.
In January 1993 he took a one-year leave of absence from Florida State
University to undertake a position at the
University of Adelaide
as a Lecturer. He elected to remain in Adelaide.
In January 1995 he was promoted to Senior
Lecturer at the University of Adelaide.
He was Deputy Director and co-founder (with Prof. Tony Thomas, Director) of the
Special Research Centre for the Subatomic Structure of
Matter (CSSM). The CSSM commenced operations in 1997 and was funded for 9 years
by the Australian Research Council. He served as Director from 2004-2009
and is currently Associate Director.
He was promoted to Associate Professor in January 1998.
He was Chair of the Nuclear and Particle Physics Group (NUPP) of the
Australian Institute of Physics from 1997-2000.
He was Chair of the Organizing Committee for the 14th National Congress of the Australian
Institute of Physics (AIP2000) in December 2000, which had over 680 registered participants.
He was founding Director of the South Australian Partnership for
Advanced Computing (SAPAC), which was an unincorporated joint
venture of the three South Australian universities: the University of
Adelaide, Flinders University, and the University of South Australia.
SAPAC commenced operations in September 2002.
SAPAC has now evolved into eResearch SA.
He was also Deputy Director of the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITP).
He was Deputy Head of the Department of Physics and Mathematical Physics from 2000-02.
In 2001 he was awarded the Walter Boas Medal by the
Australian Institute of Physics for his research.
In October 2002 he was elected as the first Fellow of the
American Physical Society in the newly formed
Topical Group in Hadron Physics (GHP).
He was elected Chair of the
Board of the Australian Institute for High-Energy Physics (AUSHEP) in October 2002.
He was promoted to the position of Professor in the Department of Physics and Mathematical
Physics in July 2003.
He was appointed Executive Director of the Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS)
in December 2007 to September 2011. ARCS was a four-year project delivering eResearch infrastructure
to the national research community and was funded with $22.5 million by the Australian government.
He served on the Australian Research Council College from 2008-09 and has been reappointed for the