Nobel prize-winning astrophysicist to give free, public lecture Aug. 25 at UAA
Brian Schmidt is a distinguished professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and an astrophysicist at The Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. He’s known for his research in using supernovae as cosmological probes. He currently holds an Australia Research Council Federation Fellowship and was elected to the Royal Society in 2012. Schmidt shared both the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Schmidt is currently leading the SkyMapper telescope project and the associated Southern Sky Survey. Brian also has a direct connection to Alaska; he graduated from Bartlett High School. Visit his amazing website and enjoy his 360 view of the world.
This lecture is sponsored by the UAA Honors College. Brian will also present the keynote address at UAA’s Freshman Convocation event on Saturday, Aug. 24, to welcome incoming freshmen to the university.
“The First Stars in The Universe.”
The universe was born 13.8 billion years ago devoid of the stars, galaxies and black holes we see today. Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt will discuss how astronomers are in the process of uncovering the life—history of the cosmos, learning how the first stars in the universe transformed cold lifeless space into the exciting world of the present. This lecture is free and open to the public. Learn more about the lecture here.
Sunday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, Main Stage Theatre