Public Lecture - Jocelyn Bell Burnell: "Will The World End in 2012?"

Location: 
New Science Lecture Theatre (upper campus)
Date: 
Tue, 12/04/2011 - 19:00 - 20:00
Speaker: 
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Will The World End in 2012?

The ancient Mayan calendar ends in the year 2012 and it has been predicted that this means the end of the world. The astronomical phenomena (solar storms, planets or asteroids crashing into the earth, planetary alignments etc) cited as the cause of the end of the world will be examined.

About Jocelyn Bell Burnell:

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is a Visiting Professor at Oxford University and a Fellow of Mansfield College. She previously held the position of Dean of Science at the University of Bath and for ten years Professor of Physics at The Open University. She also had a year as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Princeton University, USA. She started her Physics degree at Glasgow University, which was followed by a PhD at Cambridge in radio astronomy. It was during this postgraduate research that she and her supervisor, Anthony Hewish, discovered radio pulsars. Anthony Hewish later shared the Nobel Prize in physics for this discovery which he and Martin Ryle were awarded jointly. Learned bodies in the UK and the US have presented her with prizes and medals, and many universities have conferred honorary doctorates on her. In 2008 she became the first female President of the Institute of Physics. She is currently acting president of the IoP. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society and is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Science.