Australian Institute of Physics

South Australian Branch


a Free Lecture presented by the

Australian Institute of Physics - S.A. Branch
(A joint National Science Week Activity)

The 1999 Claire Corani Memorial Lecture

"Cosmic explosions and the creation of the elements -
you are made of star stuff!"

Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell
The Open University
Milton Keynes

7:30 pm, Tuesday 4th May in the
Union Hall
!!! Note Venue Change !!!

What kinds of atoms make up the molecules that make up the cells that make our bodies? Where did these atoms come from, and how did they get to be in our bodies? Life on Earth depends on the death of stars as well as on the Big Bang that created the Universe. There is star dust in your veins, and in an ultimate and intimate way we are children of the stars.

Since 1991 Jocelyn Bell Burnell has been Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Physics in the UK's largest university, The Open University. In 1999 - 2000 she is at Princeton University, USA, on leave from The Open University.

After a Physics degree at Glasgow University, Scotland, she completed a PhD in Cambridge (UK) in Radio Astronomy. During her time there she was involved in the discovery of pulsars, opening up a new branch of astrophysics - work which was recognised by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor. She worked subsequently at the University of Southampton (in gamma ray astronomy), at University College London (in X-ray astronomy) and at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh (infrared astronomy). She has used telescopes flown on high-altitude balloons, launched on rockets, carried on satellites and sited at 14000 feet in Hawaii, and built a radio telescope which was firmly grounded in Cambridgeshire.

The Oppenheimer prize, the Michelson medal and the Tinsley prize have been awarded to her by learned bodies in the US and the UK's Royal Astronomical Society has presented her with the Herschel Medal. UK universities have conferred honorary doctorates on her, and she holds an Honorary Fellowship in New Hall, her former Cambridge College. She was made a CBE in 1999.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is the AIP 1999 International Women in Physics Lecturer.
The Claire Corani awards will be presented at this meeting.

Please register your intention to attend with Ms. Tanya Weir on (08) 8303 5996.

Venue Change : Due to to the large number of people expressing an interest in attending this event there has been a venue change from the Rennie Lecture Theatre, to the Union Hall.

Members are invited to have dinner prior to the lecture from 6pm onwards in the Equinox restaurant in the Union building at the University of Adelaide. Bookings should be made by noon on Tue. 4th May with the AIP-SA Secretary or with Ms. Tanya Weir on (08) 8303 5996.

A light supper will be available after the talk.

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