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Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank, 50 years old and poised for the future

29 Oct 2007

Special lecture for alumni and staff on 7 November

October 2007 will mark the 50th anniversary of the first scientific observations of the iconic 76m Lovell Telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory. This was the only scientific instrument in the world able to track the carrier rocket of the very first Sputnik when it was launched into space 50 years ago on 4 October 1957.

There will be a special lecture for alumni and staff given by the Director of Jodrell Bank, Professor Phil Diamond, entitled "Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank, 50 years old and poised for the future" on Wednesday 7 November 2007. The lecture will be held in Crawford House from 6.15pm, with refreshments available beforehand from 5.30pm.

In this lecture, Professor Diamond will look back at some of the major scientific discoveries that have been made possible with the telescope as well as some of the other, less visible events which have kept Jodrell Bank and The University of Manchester at the forefront of world astronomy. Professor Diamond will also peer in to the future and describe a vision for the future of the observatory and the scientists and engineers who make it what it is.

For more information, or to book a place at the lecture, please contact: