Cambridge Astronomical Association
Cambridge Young Astronomers


Speaker Meeting

Friday 15th July 2022
Start time : 20:00

Speaker : Emeritus Professor David Hughes

Astronomy & Art

This will be held in person at the Institute of Astronomy - doors open 7:30pm

About our speaker:

Professor Hughes spent all his academic life in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield. His research concentrated on comets, asteroids, meteoroid streams and their interaction with planet Earth. He also worked on the origin of planetary systems, the history of ancient and renaissance astronomy, and the relationship between art and astronomy and the attitudes of professional artist to the cosmos and scientific astronomers to the artist community. He has written books, on the Moon, Solar System, Universe and the Star of Bethlehem, as well as publishing over 200 research papers. Hughes was an investigator on the Giotto Mission to Halley’s Comet, and is a past Vice President of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Astronomical Association. He has lectured extensively to general audiences, and since retiring has also lectured on many cruise ships. He has helped run solar eclipse expeditions in Cornwall (UK), Zimbabwe, Botswana, Libya, the South Pacific and the North Atlantic. He is a regular radio broadcaster and has presented astronomy programmes on TV. Asteroid 4205 is named David Hughes in honour of his contributions to astronomical research and popularization.

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