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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

The Light Year Public Lecture Series - Gamma Rays: the End of the Rainbow, and Beyond

21st October 2013, 18:15 to 19:15, Kingsley Barratt Room, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, South Road, Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale, FRS, Durham University


Discovered in the 1890s, gamma rays have proved a boon in studies of atomic nuclei, condensed matter and the nature of the Universe.

Gamma Ray Astronomy, which relates to the measurement of 'light' of the highest energies known, has already led to the identification of the origin of some , at least, of the enigmatic Cosmic Radiation. Will it also help to solve the problem of the 'missing mass' in the Cosmos? The lecture will examine the prospects.


Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendaleleft a Lectureship at Manchester in 1956 for '2 or 3 years in Durham'; he is still here, now as Emeritus Professor. 

Arnold was Head of the Durham Physics Department for ten years and he led the Department into Astronomy. His research area has broadened from Cosmic Ray Astrophysics to include Climate Change studies. He has been President of several bodies, including, at present, the Antiquarian Horological Society. He was the 14th Astronomer Royal and was knighted in 1995.

The venue for this series is the Calman Learning Centre. Directions can be located at here. Alternatively on the University map, the CLC is denoted at building number: 43.

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