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Public Lectures - Michaelmas Term 2002

Public Lectures - Michaelmas Term 2002

With the exception of the lecture on 16 November which will be held at 5.00 p.m., all lectures are at 8.00 p.m. in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road. They are open to all who are interested, and seats will be reserved, on request, for Friends of the Institute.


The Argentine invasion of South Georgia: two decades on

Saturday, 19 October 2002

Robert Headland, Scott Polar Research Institute

The speaker was stationed at the British Antarctic Survey base King Edward Point when it was attacked by Argentine forces on 3 April 1982 in an early action of the Falklands Conflict. This lecture has been organized jointly with the South Georgia Association.


Life in a polar asteroid crater

Saturday, 2 November 2002

Dr Charles Cockell, British Antarctic Survey

Located on Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic, the 22-km Haughton impact structure was formed by the collision of an asteroid 24 million years ago. Research reveals how life might take advantage of craters created by asteroid and comet collisions. Similarities between this crater's geological environment and the shocked polar-like environment of Mars has led to a major NASA project here testing technologies for human exploitation of Mars.


William Speirs Bruce (1867-1921)

Saturday, 16 November 2002

Peter Speak, Scott Polar Research Institute

To commemorate the departure of the Scotia Expedition to Antarctica, the author of a recent book on Bruce will give an account of the life and work of this remarkable polar explorer, scientist and Scottish nationalist.

Please note: The lecture will be followed by the AGM of the Friends of the Institute and a buffet. All are welcome to the lecture but Friends only should attend the AGM and buffet.


Please note change of speaker:

The search for Sir John Franklin, 1847-1859

Saturday, 30 November 2002

William Mills, Scott Polar Research Institute

No less than twenty expeditions searched the Canadian Arctic following the disappearance of Franklin, who was last seen in July 1845. This lecture provides an outline history of where they went (and how), what they learned, and how the mystery of Franklin's end was eventually solved.