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Lochaber to the Cosmos

Lecture

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The speaker will briefly recount the history of the Ben Nevis Observatory before looking at Wilson's invention of the cloud chamber and his role at the beginnings of the study of cosmic rays.

Date and Time

12 November 2014 - 14:30-16:30

Location

Glasgow, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the Scotland South West local network. Contact Hamid Khatib at hamid.khatib@btinternet.com for more information.


About this event

For 21 years at the end of the 19th century Scotland's meteorologists maintained a manned presence on the summit of Ben Nevis. A short stay there in 1894 provided the impetus that eventually led CTR Wilson to the 1927 Nobel Prize in Physics. We'll briefly recount the history of the Ben Nevis Observatory before looking at Wilson's invention of the cloud chamber and his role at the beginnings of the study of cosmic rays. The tale of Wilson's achievements highlights the humane side of science, in which serendipity and accidents of place and personality play essential roles.

Speaker

Dr Alexander MacKinnon is an astrophysicist, Honorary Research Fellow (Physics and Astronomy) at the university of Glasgow and a senior lecturer (Centre for Open Studies).  His research interests are in physics of solar flares, solar radio, X- and gamma-ray production; astrophysical acceleration and transport; neutron astronomy; self-organised criticality and complex systems.

Programme

14:30 - refreshments and networking
15:00 - presentation starts



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