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Monday, October 1, 2018 - 4:00pm
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Science Center Lecture Hall D, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge

"Surviving the Century" with Martin Rees

HUCE and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics present a lecture and book signing with:

Martin Rees, Former President, The Royal Society; Emeritus Professor of Cosmology & Astrophysics, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Trinity College​

Followed by a discussion with:

Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, HKS

Daniel Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology; Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, SEAS; Director, HUCE


Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and cosmologist, and the UK's Astronomer Royal. His research interests have included galaxy formation, active galactic nuclei, black holes, gamma-ray bursts -- as well as more speculative aspects of cosmology such as the multiverse. He is based in Cambridge, UK, where he has been Director of the Institute of Astronomy, a Research Professor, and Master of Trinity College. He was President of the Royal Society during 2005-2010, and in 2006 was nominated to the House of Lords. He has received many international awards for his research, and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy, the Japan  Academy and the Pontifical Academy. He has served on many bodies connected with education, space research, arms control and international collaboration in science. He lectures, writes, and broadcasts widely for general audiences. He has long has been concerned with the threats stemming from humanity's ever-heavier 'footprint' on the global environment, and with the runaway consequences of ever more powerful technologies. These concerns feature in his new book On the Future: Prospects for Humanity

Sheila Jasanoff is the Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 120 articles and chapters and is author or editor of more than 15 books, including The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, Designs on Nature, and The Ethics of Invention. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies. She founded and directs the STS Program at Harvard; previously, she was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell. She has held distinguished visiting appointments at leading universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. Jasanoff served on the AAAS Board of Directors and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the University of Ghent Sarton Chair, an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria, and membership in the Royal Danish Academy. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente.

Daniel P. Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology at Harvard University, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth history. He is particularly interested in how information on climate change from the geologic past can lead to better understanding of anthropogenic climate change in the future. In addition to his work on geochemistry and climatology, Schrag studies energy technology and policy, including carbon capture and storage and low-carbon synthetic fuels. Schrag served on President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Among various honors, he is the recipient of the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union and a MacArthur Fellowship. Schrag earned a B.S. in geology and geophysics and political science from Yale University and his Ph.D. in geology from the University of California at Berkeley. He came to Harvard in 1997 after teaching at Princeton.

Event is free and open to the public. Rees' new book "On the Future: Prospects for Humanity" will be available for purchase and signing after the event. 

Contact Name: 

Erin Harleman

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Email: huce@environment.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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