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Marlar Lecture

Marlar Lecturers

2010     Mike Brown,  Prof. of Planetary Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming”

2009     Neil Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, “From Einstein to Gamma Ray Bursts”

2007     Edward C. Stone, California Institute of Technology, “Exploring the Final Frontier of the Solar System”

2006     John C. Brown, Astronomer Royal, University of Glasgow, Scotland, “Black Holes and White Rabbits”

2004     Geoff Marcy, University of California, Berkeley, “Planets, Yellowstone, and the Prospects for Life in the Universe”

2002     Alex Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley, “Einstein’s Biggest Blunder? – The Case for Cosmic ‘Antigravity’ ”

2001     James L. Burch, Southwest Research Institute, “The Fury of Space Storms”

1999     Frank Shu, University of California, Berkeley, “The Origin of Sunlike Stars and Planetary Systems”

1998     Alexander J. Dessler, Professor Emeritus, Rice University, “Giant Airships and the Space Shuttle: An Historical Analogy”

1997     Robert E. Williams, Director, Space Telescope Science Institute, “Probing the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope”

1996     Sidney van den Bergh, Dominion Astronomical Observatory, Canada, “Asteroids and Dinosaurs”

1995     Charles F. Kennel, NASA Headquarters, “Global Environmental Science at the Turn of the Millennium”

1994     David Schramm, University of Chicago, “Dark Matter and the Structure of the Universe”

1992     Eric P. Priest, St. Andrews University, “Our Dynamic Sun”

Susan Solomon, ERL/NOAA, “Ozone Depletion at the ends of the Earth and Points in Between”

1990     Joseph H. Taylor, Princeton University, “Pulsars, Clocks and Gravity”

1989     John Imbrie, Brown University, “Explaining the Ice Ages”

1988    Gerhard Haerendel, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrial Physics, “Exploring Comets by Direct Encounter and by Space Simulation”

1987     James E. Gunn, Princeton University, “Galaxy Formation”

1986     Alexander Dalgarno, Harvard University, “Molecules in the Universe”

1985     Sir Fred Hoyle, FRS, UK, “Facts Concerning the Existence of Extraterrestrial Life”

1984     Michael McElroy, Harvard University, “Planetary Atmospheres”

1983     Edwin E. Salpeter, Cornell University, “Galaxy Clusters and Invisible Mass in the Universe”

1982     Eugene N. Parker, Enrico Fermi Institute, “Why are there Spots on the Sun?”