2016 Eugene Shoemaker Memorial Lecture with Dr. Pete Worden
Seating for this event is on a first come first serve basis. Doors will open to those who RSVP'ed at 6:40. If you do not have an RSVP and wish to attend, you are welcome to wait in line and seats permitting you will be allowed to enter at 6:55.
"Shooting for the stars: the interstellar Breakthrough Initiatives”
Each year the BEYOND Center presents a special award to a leading scientist to honor the life and work of Eugene Shoemaker who, together with his wife Carolyn Shoemaker, pioneered research in the field of asteroid and comet impacts.
This year we are excited to have Dr. Pete Worden, Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundations, former Director of NASA Ames Research Center and retired Brigadier General of the Air Force.
ABSTRACT: On July 20, 2015 at the Royal Society, London, UK Yuri Milner and Professor Stephen Hawking announced the Breakthrough Listen Initiative. It is designed to look for signals from an intelligent civilization in our galaxy or beyond. This SETI search is orders of magnitude more encompassing and complete than any previous search. In addition, On April 12, 2016, in New York, NY, USA Milner and Hawking announced a new Initiative, Breakthrough StarShot designed to send a gram-class interstellar probe to Alpha Centauri within a generation.
BIOGRAPHY: Simon Peter “Pete” Worden, (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret., PhD) (born 1949, in Michigan, USA) is the Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and Executive Director of the foundation’s ‘Breakthrough Initiatives’. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Astronomy for the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, Dr. Worden was Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, USA until his retirement on March 31, 2015. He has held several positions in the United States Air Force and was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. He is a recognized expert on space and science issues – both civil and military, and has been a leader in building partnerships between governments and the private sector internationally.
On July 20, 2015 at the Royal Society in London, UK, Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking launched the Breakthrough Initiatives. At the press conference Pete Worden was introduced as the Chairman for the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. In this capacity he leads the Breakthrough Initiatives.
This Lecture is free and open to the public.