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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

CANCELLED - The Light Year Public Lecture Series - The Light from Lighthouses: Past, Present and Future

10th March 2014, 18:15 to 19:15, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, South Road, Mr Malcolm Nicholson, Trinity House

This lecture will chart the development of light sources used within lighthouse lenses. Setting the scene with how light interacts with the eye and a brief description of the units involved, the lectures starts with the Paraffin Vapour Burner (PVB) and how the lenses were focussed at the Chance Bros. Factory in Birmingham. Introducing the electric light source and the British Standard Lighthouse Lamps the lecture will move on to how the Trinity House engineers worked with lens makers to achieve longer ranges with smaller lenses. Moving on to modern light sources and the challenges of installing and measuring lighthouse light intensities the lecture closes with the very latest developments in LED technology and their use in classical lighthouse lenses.

Malcolm Nicholson is the Principal Development Engineer for research, development and engineering support in all aspects of visual signalling within the General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) of the UK and Irelands Research and Radionavigation Directorate. He leads a small team of engineers and is responsible for quality, management, finance and technical standards. He runs two photometric (light measurement) laboratories in line with ISO 17025 to provide quality assurance, performance of new light sources and testing of in house developments. He is also responsible for the delivery of an annual portfolio of varied engineering projects. He represents the GLA at National and International level and is presently the Chairman of Working Group 4 (light and vision) in the Engineering Committee (EEP) of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) and a registered IALA World Wide Academy Expert. He also acts as Liaison Officer between IALA and the Commission Internationale d’Eclairage (CIE) on lighting matters.

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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