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The Harley Wood lecture is an annual astronomy talk open to the public, which is held during the ASA meeting. For 2005 the lecture will be given by:Prof. Bryan M. Gaensler
Department of Astronomy, Harvard University
Title and abstract:
The Brightest Explosion in History:
Amazing Magnetars and the Giant Flare of 27th December
On the 27th December 2004, dozens of spacecraft orbiting the Earth
detected the brightest explosion in the history of astronomy - an
incredible pulse of radiation from the constellation of Sagittarius,
so intense that it electrified the Earth's upper atmosphere, and for a
fifth of a second easily outshone the combined light of the 400 billion
stars of the Milky Way.
BRYAN GAENSLER is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Harvard
University, and works in the high energy astrophysics division of the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. After obtaining his Ph.D. in
physics from the University of Sydney in 1998, he was appointed as a
Hubble Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then as the
Clay Fellow at the Smithsonian Institition, before joining the Harvard
faculty in 2002. He was awarded the 1995 University Medal in Physics,
was the 1999 Young Australian of the Year, gave the 2001 Australia Day
Address to the nation, and is a 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.
Prof. Gaensler has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers
on neutron stars, black holes, supernova explosions and cosmic magnetic
fields, has edited two books on pulsars, and has written dozens of popular
articles on science and astronomy. He was born and bred in Sydney, but
currently toughs out the long American winters in Belmont, Massachusetts,
where he lives with his wife Laura, a postgraduate student in religion,
and his two-year-old son Finn, a future Test cricketer.
Update (June 2005): Bryan has been awarded one of the prestigious Federation Fellowships for 2005, and will be returning to the University of Sydney.
Venue and Date:
A large campus map showing the location of the Veterinary Science
Conference Centre is available
here. The Conference Centre is at E7.
A large campus map showing the location of the Veterinary Science Conference Centre is available here. The Conference Centre is at E7.
Last modified on 17 June, 2005.
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