Talk by Professor Brad Gibson, Head of Physics & Maths and Director of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull.
In a Universe filled with stunning sights and sounds, a handful are of such remarkable power, fury, and beauty, that they must be seen to be believed. Join Professor Brad Gibson on an intergalactic tour and travel to the most awe-inspiring (and terrifying) corners of our Universe. If you thought your Bucket List was complete, think again!
Professor Brad Gibson is the Head of Physics & Maths and Director of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull. Brad completed his MSc and PhD at the University of British Columbia, building the world’s first Liquid Mirror Telescope Observatory and designing software to map the distribution of the chemical elements throughout the Universe. Brad was responsible for using exploding stars to determine the expansion rate of the Universe, as part of the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project on the Extragalactic Distance Scale, for which the team was awarded the Gruber Prize in Cosmology. He was the first to identify the locations within the Milky Way most likely to harbour complex biological life, for which his work was named by National Geographic magazine as one of the top 10 news stories of the year.
Brad’s work has been acknowledged by his peers 20,000 times, making him Hull’s most cited academic, and one of the top few percent in the world. His outreach efforts led to him being named the Institute of Physics’ John Porter Memorial Lecturer, the 2019 Leon Davies Lecturer, the Bexwyke Lecturer, and the Ray Bootland Lecturer; he has spoken at the Cheltenham Science Festival, the British Science Festival, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, opened for Brian Cox and Lucy Hawking at European AstroFest, and delivered a highly popular TED talk on the subject of the search for alien life.
The University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. Our motto, Lampada Ferens, translates as ‘carrying the light of learning’, and over the years, we’ve shared that light with thousands of people from across the world. As England’s 14th-oldest university, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research. And we have no plans to stop helping to build a better world.