Nobel laureate to lecture at Linfield

Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt is scheduled to speak Monday, April 8, at Linfield College.

Schmidt, co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics, will address  “The Accelerating Universe.” The free program will start at 7:30 p.m. in Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Schmidt was awarded the prize for his shared discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. His visit is part of the Oregon Nobel Laureate Symposium, one of only five such symposia in the world.

In 1998, two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years. The scientists discovered it was accelerating, contrary to prevailing wisdom that it was slowing. It led them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

Schmidt, who holds a doctorate from Harvard University, is a laureate fellow at the Mount Stromlo Observatory at Australian National University, where he uses exploding stars to study the universe. He is leading the observatory’s effort to build the SkyMapper telescope to create a comprehensive digital map of the southern sky from ultraviolet through near infrared wavelengths.

For more information, contact John McKeegan at 503-883-2408.

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