Cambridge Astronomical Association
Cambridge Young Astronomers


Speaker Meeting

Tales of Jodrell Bank
Friday 15th October 2021
Start time : 20:00

Speaker : Dr Tim O'Brien

In 2019, Jodrell Bank Observatory, home to the UK's national radio astronomy facility and host of the global HQ of the Square Kilometre Array, was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Professor O'Brien will explain how and why this designation came about. The talk will feature many interesting stories from Jodrell Bank, including wartime radar, the building of the world’s largest telescopes, space tracking, the cold war, quasars, gravitational lenses, pulsars and more.

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About our speaker:

Tim O'Brien is Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at The University of Manchester and an Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. He is active in research – working mainly on multiwavelength observations and modelling of nova explosions – and undergraduate/ postgraduate teaching. Tim also carries out a wide range of public engagement activities including regular appearances in the media and in events at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and elsewhere. One of his current major public engagement projects is the bluedot festival – a celebration of music, science, technology and the arts. He is also working on a project to celebrate the heritage of Jodrell Bank including the construction of a major new gallery (part of the First Light Project). He was also a co-author with Teresa Anderson of the proposal leading to Jodrell Bank Observatory being designated a World Heritage Site in 2019. Away from work, Tim enjoys (mostly) watching Manchester United and working in his garden in the Peak District, a beautiful part of the world

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