Nobel Prize winner gives free lecture about life in the universe

Nobel Prize winner gives free lecture about life in the universe
Nobel Prize winner gives free lecture about life in the universe
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An exoplanet. (Photo: NASA)

Leiden, May 5, 2024 at 1:52 PM by the editors

The Leiden University Observatory is organizing a lecture for interested parties about exoplanets and life in the universe, presented by Nobel Prize winner Professor Didier Queloz. This free lecture in English is intended for non-scientists and will take place on Wednesday evening, June 19, 2024 in the Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden.

The many planetary systems discovered around other stars – exoplanets – have radically changed our view of our place in the universe. This creates a historic opportunity and an irresistible call to search for signs of life on these new worlds to explore our own origins.

Nobel Prize winner Prof. Didier Queloz will share recent developments in this exciting area of ​​research with the audience during this one-hour presentation. Known as a pioneer in exoplanet research, Professor Queloz is Jacksonian Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and part-time professor of physics at ETH-Zürich.

Interested parties are welcome on Wednesday, June 19 from 7:30 PM. The lecture is from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM, but it is necessary to reserve a free ticket in advance.

Prof. Didier Queloz
Prof. Didier Queloz pioneered the ‘exoplanet revolution’ in astrophysics when, during his PhD research in 1995, he announced the first discovery of a giant planet orbiting another star, outside our solar system. This spectacular discovery led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2019 and marked the beginning of exoplanet research.

Over the past 25 years, Professior Queloz has made progress in the detection and measurement of exoplanet systems, with the aim of obtaining information about their physical structure to better understand their formation and evolution and compare them with our Solar System. He has participated in several studies that have led to the discovery of hundreds of planets, including many groundbreaking results.

Most recently, his work has focused on the detection of Earth-like planets, establishing an extensive research program aimed at making further advances in our understanding of exoplanet habitability and life in the universe.

Leiden Society Science

The article is in Dutch

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