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The Robert Airey Memorial Lecture 2017: 'Mystery Science' (Y10 & 11)
Fri 14 July 2017, 11:00 – 12:00 BST
The Robert Airey Memorial Lecture 2017: 'Mystery Science' by Neil Monteiro (for pupils in Years 10 & 11)
**Please note that tickets are free but must be booked in advance. This event is aimed at school groups with pupils in Years 10 & 11 (pupils + accompanying teachers). In order to reach more schools, there is a limit of 30 tickets per school and tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Schools are kindly asked to have only one staff member register the whole group.**
Physics is the way scientists explain how the universe works - from the smallest particles to the biggest galaxies, electricity, light, sound and even time itself! In this lecture, a series of spectacular and intriguing demonstrations are linked together to explain what physicists study and why it's such a fascinating and rewarding subject.
The lecturer: Neil Monteiro
Neil studied Physics at Imperial College London before going on to deliver talks and workshops in the Reach Out Lab as part of the College's outreach programme. He gives interactive talks and demonstration lectures about all kinds of science and maths but specialises in using a mix of physics, psychology and illusions to illustrate the weirder side of science.
Robert Airey joined the academic staff at Imperial College in 1962 and remained there for 35 years until his retirement in 1997. His career centred on the development and application of optical detectors, mainly for astronomy. He was author of many papers published in scientific journals or delivered at international conferences. A high point of his year was working with a pair of First Year undergraduates on their practical research project until 2011. He also took pride in producing a giant Christmas Pudding for the annual Physics Department Christmas Party. His knowledge of Technology, Physics and Chemistry was vast and he shared it to anyone who asked and was widely loved within Imperial College.
In reality, he didn’t actually retire as he continued to give lectures to schools on behalf of the College’s Outreach programme until 2012. Robert’s lecture has been seen by thousands of students in schools and at events on the Imperial College Campus over the years, and Robert also helped many trainee teachers understand the concepts within the lecture by teaching them the lecture in small groups.