Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell set to shine light on darkening universe at prestigious lecture


A SCOTTISH astrophysicist and Chancellor of the University of Dundee will be returning to the lecture theatre to deliver the key note at this years Margaret Harris Lecture on Religion.

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell will be discussing this month at the prestigious lecture what astronomers understand about the universe, its future, and what it means to hope.

Past lecturers have included many eminent names from the field of religion, philosophy and other walks of life including Sir Jonathon Porritt, Terry Waite, Director of Oxfam Barbara Stocking and Sir Kenneth Dover, as well as His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2012.

The lecture which is taking place on Thursday 17 October at 6pm- 7pm in the University’s Dalhousie building (Lecture Theatre 3) forming part of the Festival of the future.

Dame Jocelyn will be discussing her life and career during the lecture as well. She is responsible for co-discovering pulsars with her supervisor Anthony Hewish.

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell (C) The University of Dundee

The rotating neutron stars that appear to pulse as a beam of radios waves sweeps over the earth.

It is considered to be one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the twentieth century.

Her talk takes place on Thursday 17 October at 6 – 7pm in the University’s Dalhousie Building (Lecture Theatre 3) and forms part of the University’s flagship Festival of the Future.

The Reverend Dr Fiona Douglas, University Chaplain who will introduce Dame Bell Burnell’s talk, said: “It is a great honour to welcome our Chancellor to deliver this year’s talk – named after an early benefactor of University College Dundee, Miss Margaret Harris  whose estate endowed the first Chair of Physics and, more recently in 1973, the Chaplaincy Centre here at the University.

“And now, members of the public will have an opportunity to hear from our truly inspiring Chancellor as she shares her love of science, fairness and her thoughts on the future.”

The Margaret Harris Lecture is free to attend, however, tickets must be booked in advance.

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