Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Dr. James Peebles to speak at the Fort Garry Hotel
A profoundly influential and world-renowned astrophysicist is returning to Winnipeg next month. Dr. James Peebles [BSc(Hons)/58, DSc/89], widely recognized as one of the key architects in the field of physical cosmology, will hold a rare lecture at the Fort Garry Hotel on July 5.
Dr. Peebles has had a life-long fascination with the universe and this lecture is no exception. Titled Dark Matter and the Expanding Universe, he plans to explain what is meant by the expansion of the universe and the evidence that the universe really did expand from a hot, dense state.
“To make sense of the evidence, we have to postulate the existence of something new – dark matter,” says Dr. Peebles. “The case for it looks compelling, but we don’t know what dark matter is. And we don’t know what the universe was like before it was expanding, or even what that means. We make progress in science, but slowly.”
Dr. James Peebles:
Dark Matter and the Expanding Universe
Fort Garry Hotel – Provencher Ballroom – 222 Broadway
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Lecture begins at 5 p.m.
Hosted by Faculty of Science Dean, Dr. Brian Mark
After obtaining his Bachelor of Science (Hons) from UM in 1958, he went on to study at Princeton University where he secured his doctorate and continued his research in cosmology while teaching physics.
Dr. Peebles is currently the Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus at Princeton, and has received countless awards for his brilliant work over the course of his career, including the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1998, the Order of Manitoba in 2017, and the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2019.
He has also written five books, including his latest, Cosmology’s Century, which was released in 2020.
If you’d like to hear Dr. Peebles speak, you are invited to the Fort Garry Hotel on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. The lecture will take place in the Provencher Ballroom and will be hosted by UM Faculty of Science Dean, Dr. Brian Mark. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 5 p.m.
Admission is free, but seating is limited to 400, so be sure to register early!
And if you’d like to support the next generation of astrophysicists, please consider making a gift to the Centennial Scholarship and Bursary in Physics. All gifts of $18 or more are tax receipt-able.