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From Mars to the Multiverse
Monday 23rd March 2020
Start time : 20:00
Speaker : Lord Martin Rees
This lecture is the annual Michael Penston Lecture : Michael was based here at the Institute of Astronomy.
In 1990 he was due to give a talk to the CAA, but had to cancel because of illness. Sadly, Michael died soon afterwards. In March 1991 the CAA held a lecture in memory of Michael, and a collection was made for Cancer Research. By the following year a fund had been set up in his name, administered by the Royal Astronomical Society, to help up-and-coming astronomers establish themselves in their chosen profession. Each year, at the end of the lecture we have asked CAA members to make a donation to this fund.
Tonight we are very pleased to welcome The Lord Rees of Ludlow Martin Rees OM Kt HonFREng FRS to address the association on the subject of "From Mars to the Multiverse"
Astronomers can trace the emergence of atoms, galaxies, black holes, and stars back to a mysterious 'beginning' about 13.8 billion years ago. And the discovery of exoplanets opens up a fascinating new field. These advances pose new questions: What determined the key parameters of our expanding universe - its geometry and its content? Is there life, even intelligent life, elsewhere? Are there other 'big bangs'?
The Lord Rees of Ludlow Martin Rees OM Kt HonFREng FRS
Martin Rees is a leading astrophysicist as well as a senior figure in UK science who has for most of his career been based in Cambridge. He has conducted influential theoretical work on subjects as diverse as black holes, gamma ray bursts, dark matter, and the formation of galaxies. A special interest has been what happens at the end of the so-called cosmic
dark ages - a period before the first stars formed.
As Astronomer Royal and a Past President of the Royal Society, Martin is a prominent scientific spokesperson and the author of nine books for general readers, the most recent being 'On the Future. Prospects for Humanity" He knew Michael Penston from student days and attended CUAS meetings when Michael was its President.