September 2, 2005
Source: Mount Allison University:
Renowned Physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss to speak at Mount A, Sept. 12
SACKVILLE, NB — The Mount Allison physics department is starting the school year off and marking the World Year of Physics with a bang! The Wilford Jonah Lecture, featuring world-renowned physicist, Grammy nominee, and best-selling author Dr. Lawrence Krauss, will be held on Monday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Mount Allison’s Convocation Hall. His lecture is entitled “Einstein’s Biggest Blunder — A Cosmic Mystery Story” and is intended for all audiences.
Dr. Lawrence Krauss is the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, Professor of Astronomy, and Director of the Center for Education and Research at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has published key works in particle physics, cosmology, and astrophysics with well over 200 publications to his credit. He is the author of 11 books, seven of which have been written for a broad audience. His best-selling book, The Physics of Star Trek, has been translated into 15 languages. His book, Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth, won the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for 2002. His first book, The Fifth Essence: The Search for Dark Matter in the Universe, was named Astronomy Book of the Year in 1990.
Dr. Krauss has won numerous awards for his scientific accomplishments and his contributions to scientific understanding. He was the 2001 winner of the Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society for a combination of scientific achievement and success in communicating physical science to the general public. Previous winners of this award include Stephen Hawking and Kip S. Thorne. Also in 2001 Dr. Krauss won the American Institute of Physics Gemant Award for contributions to the “... cultural, artistic, or humanistic dimensions of physics,” again joining the ranks of such well-known physicists as Freeman Dyson, Steven Weinberg, and Stephen Hawking. He also won the highest award of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Oersted Medal.
Although born in New York City, Lawrence Krauss grew up in Canada and completed an honours physics degree at Carleton University prior to graduate work at MIT. His wife, Kate, is from Amherst NS, and he spent several summers early in his career in this area, including working out of an office at Mount Allison.
The Wilford B. Jonah Lecture Series was established at Mount Allison University in 2000 through the generosity of Wilford B. Jonah, a member of the Class of 1936. The endowment created is intended to provide funds to enable the University to bring to campus persons of high international stature and prominence to give a public lecture and, where possible, to take part in a forum of discussion with students. Past distinguished lecturers have included: Mordecai Richler, author and essayist; and Dr. David Suzuki, scientist, broadcaster, and environmental advocate.
For more information or to arrange an interview with Dr. Krauss please contact Laura Dillman, communications office, Mount Allison University, tel: 364-2600 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Robert Hawkes, physics department, Mount Allison University, tel: 364-2585 (email@example.com)