Barkla Lecture 9th February 2017

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Barkla Lecture 2017

The 11th Barkla Lecture will take place on Thursday, 9th February, at 5pm.

This year's speaker is Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS FRSE FRAS, Professorial Fellow Mansfield College and Visiting Professor, Astrophysics, University of Oxford.

The title of the lecture is “What pulsars (pulsating radio sources) have done to (and for) physics

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered, as a postgraduate student at the University of Cambridge, the first radio pulsars, for which her supervisor, Antony Hewish, received the Nobel prize in 1974, shared with Martin Ryle. She has held positions at the University of Southampton, University College London, the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh and the Open University.

She was also visiting professor in Princeton and Dean of Science at the University of Bath. From 2002 to 2004 Jocelyn Bell Burnell was President of the Royal Astronomical Society and from 2008 to 2010 President of the Institute of Physics. She is currently President of the Royal Society in Edinburgh and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin.

As usual, refreshments will be available in the foyer outside the lecture theatre from 4:30 pm and there will be a wine reception after the lecture.

The lecture is aimed at a broad audience and everybody is welcome.