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Discoveries that changed the world: 1932 – 1942 – Prof Gerry Lander
March 1, 2018 -5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
This event has been cancelled due to the University of Bristol weather closure
Guest Lecture: Professor Gerry Lander - Discoveries that changed the world: 1932 – 1942
- Speaker: Professor Gerry Lander, Former Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin Grenoble, France
- Venue: Berry Lecture Theatre, HH Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol
- Date: Thursday 1st March
- Time: 5-6pm
- Light refreshments
- Open to all - no registration required
From the discovery of the neutron (1932) to the first demonstration of controlled fission (1942) was just ten years; a period that took physics from an occupation of a small number of eccentric gentlemen and (even fewer) ladies to something of concern to, and funding decisions of, Governments all over the world. The shadows of those tumultuous years are still with us, for better or worse.
This talk will recount those ten years through the lives of James Chadwick (1891-1974) and Lise Meitner (1878-1968), contemporaries who played pivotal roles in the events, even though, partly because of their retiring personalities, they are often over-shadowed by "larger" figures.