Australian Institute of Physics

Astronomy in the 21st Century.

Free public lecture

by Professor Richard Wielebinski

Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomy, Bonn, Germany


Thursday, 15 November 2001, 8:00 P.M.

Physics building, Theatre 1

University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay


The 21st Century looks like an exciting future of discovery with astronomers poised to search out the universe using a fascinating array of new land and space based telescopes.

Australia will be a part of this adventure and Australia is a great place to become an astronomer.

New telescopes probing the optical, radio, gamma ray and x-ray parts of the spectrum will soon be available. A new generation Hubble-type space based optical telescope is also planned.

This century we will be able to probe the universe with finer detail and with far more sensitive detection systems then ever before possible.

Our knowledge about the universe is growing exponentially.

Come and find out about the future, the universe and new telescopes for astronomers in the 21st century.

Do you want to be an explorer - a modern day 'Columbus' exploring the universe in the 21st century? All you need to do is be inspired, be determined and study hard here in Hobart.

About the Speaker:

Professor Richard Wielebinski, is an ex-Tasmanian who today leads one of the world's foremost Radioastronomy research centres in Germany.

He is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (Electrical Engineering and Science). In 1963 he gained his PhD from Cambridge University. After several years of teaching and research at the University of Sydney, he took a position of a director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn.

His research interests include instrumentation in radio astronomy and observational techniques as well as studies of clusters and galaxies, studies of magnetic fields in the universe and morphology of pulsars at high radio frequencies.

He is an Honorary Professor at Bonn University and a Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1992 Richard Wielebinski won the Max-Planck research prize. A year later he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland).

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