Nobel Laureate to speak at alumni event

  • April 7, 2014
Nobel Laureate to speak at alumni event

Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt is to give a lecture at a Gates Cambridge Alumni event in Australia this week.

Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt is to give a lecture at a Gates Cambridge Alumni event in Australia this week.

Professor Schmidt, who shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2011 “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae”, will speak at the event at Queensland University of Technology Brisbane on 11 April.

His lecture, entitled The Discovery of Cosmic Acceleration, is part of two days of activities, including a GCAA dinner and a social event on the Saturday.

He will talk about his life and career leading up to his High-Z Supernova Search team’s discovery of cosmic acceleration. Professor Schmidt and his team mapped data from exploding stars called supernovae, which uncovered the fact that the expansion of the universe was accelerating, not slowing down as was commonly thought.

The event is designed to give Gates alumni in Australia and New Zealand an opportunity to get together and meet a Nobel Laureate; to provide a great networking opportunity between Gates alumni and Rhodes Scholars and alumni from Oxford, Cambridge and MIT and to promote the Gates Cambridge Scholarship in Australia and New Zealand. 

Organiser Robert Perrons [2001], a Gates Cambridge alumnus and Associate Professor in Technology Management and Strategy at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, says: “We are confident that this event will achieve all of these objectives very well, and we are expecting this to be the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association’s best event yet in Australia-NZ!”

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