Cline Observatory 2014 Fall Astronomy Day Lecture

The Last and the Next 100 Years in Astronomy

Jocelyn Bell Burnell, The University of Oxford

This talk was held on Friday, 3 October 2014, 7:30 p.m., Koury Auditorium, GTCC, Jamestown – Information about the 2015 lecture (2 Oct) will be posted soon.

We are honored to have Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell visit GTCC to give our eighteenth annual Fall Astronomy Day Lecture. The presentation is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 3 October, in Koury Auditorium on the Jamestown Campus of GTCC. Cline Observatory will be open for viewing after the event, weather permitting.

About the Talk

The past century has seen our understanding of the cosmos transformed by numerous discoveries and ideas. The presentation will describe the state of our knowledge of the universe 100 years ago, highlight what we have learned in the last 100 years, and discuss what might be the major breakthroughs in the next century.

Join us for an exciting voyage of discovery with our distinguished speaker, who herself made one of the transformative discoveries of the past century.

About the Speaker

Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge, opening up a new branch of astrophysics – work recognised by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor.  She has received numerous awards herself for this discovery, including the Herschel Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society and the NRAO’s Jansky Prize.  She was the inaugural recipient of the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Prize, which is awarded by the American Astronomical Society in recognition of an outstanding research contribution of exceptionally creative or innovative character.

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 President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She is past President of the Royal Astronomical Society, and in 2007 was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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’.

During her visit to GTCC she will also visit Guilford College as the JM Ward Distinguished Quaker Visitor.

Fall Astronomy Day Lecture Directions

Directions to the Koury Auditorium at GTCC’s Jamestown Campus.

If you have any questions please contact Tom English336-334-4822 x50023

The Cline Observatory Astronomy Day Lecture is held each fall, featuring a prominent researcher in astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science.  Follow this link to see a list of Past Lecturers.

North Carolina Astronomers’ Meeting (NCAM)

Cline Observatory also hosts the annual technical meeting of NC astronomers in association with Fall Astronomy Day. This event is open to professional astronomers and their students.  This year’s edition of NCAM was held on Saturday, 4 October 2014.  The 2015 edition will be on Saturday, 5 October.