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Bursts, bangs and things that go bump in the night

Date:
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location:
Arts & Humanities Building
Room: 1R40
Cost:
Free

Department of Physics & Astronomy

ELIZABETH LAIRD MEMORIAL LECTURE

Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, DBE FRS FRSE FRAS

Department of Physics
University of Oxford

Bursts, bangs & things that go bump in the night: Transient astronomy

Abstract:

With developments in computing and in CCD technology, astronomers can now take short exposure observations. These are revealing an amazing wealth of short-duration, transient phenomena which will be described in this talk.

Reception to follow

Free Registration at http://laird2018.eventbrite.ca 

Biography:

Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge, opening up a new branch of astrophysics—work recognized by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor.

She has subsequently worked in many roles in many branches of astronomy, working part-time while raising a family. She is now a Visiting Professor in Oxford, and Chancellor of the University of Dundee, and was (the first female) President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh—Scotland’s National Academy.

Much in demand as a speaker and broadcaster, in her spare time she gardens, listens to choral music and is active in the Quakers. She has co-edited an anthology of poetry with an astronomical theme—“Dark Matter; Poems of Space.”

Host:
Dr. L. Goncharova & Dr. R. Cockcroft
Contact:
Jodi Guthrie, Assistant to the Chair, or... - Prof. Rob Cockcroft, Assistant Professor
jodi@uwo.ca / robert.cockcroft@uwo.ca
519-661-2111 ext.86438 / ext. 87991
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