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Robert Kennicut's Hintze Lecture video now available

Posted: 01 Jun 2016

The 12th Hintze Lecture delivered by Professor Robert Kennicutt, Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.

Title: Unveiling the Birth of Stars and Galaxies

Abstract: Understanding the birth of stars is one of grand challenges of 21st century astrophysics, with impacts extending from the formation of planets to the birth and shaping of galaxies themselves. The challenge has been all the more difficult because the most active birth sites are largely hidden in visible light.

David Francis Howell (1955 - 2016)

Posted: 14 Apr 2016

David Francis Howell (1955 - 2016)

A note from the Department's Senior Administrator, Malcolm Bradbury:

Dear All,

I am sorry to inform you that, following a short illness, David Howell passed away on Thursday 7th April at Wexham Park Hospital. David had recently decided to retire this year which makes this news particularly sad and poignant.

David joined the department in 1993 and worked firstly as an Applied Physicist in Nuclear Physics.

The Final Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor David Deutsch FRS is now online

Posted: 23 Mar 2016

The Final Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture

Professor David Deutsch FRS (Oxford)

Title: The Unity of the Universe

Thursday 3rd March, 2016. Martin Wood Lecture Theatre

Abstract: Dennis Sciama's 1959 book The Unity of the Universe was ostensibly about the Steady State theory, a cosmological/astrophysical theory which was to be comprehensively and irreversibly refuted by observations only a few years later. But it wasn't really about that.

AOPP Alumni Event - 'Climate change in the run-up to the Paris conference: what has Physics got to say?'

Posted: 16 Feb 2016

Prof David Marshall, Prof Tim Palmer CBE FRS, Prof Laure Zanna, Prof Myles Allen and Prof Raymond Pierrehumbert, some of the current faculty in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics in Oxford engaged in the research that underpins the whole debate over climate change, hosted a fantastic event at The Royal Society, London, last November.
Before the event, The Royal Society offered a tour of the Organisation to Physics Alumni attending the AOPP event.

Below, a list of the topics covered on the evening:

•Professor Ray Pierrehumbert: The long