The 2014 Antoinette de Vaucouleurs Memorial Lectureship and Medal


The Hidden Universe Revealed

Dr. Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr.

University of Cambridge, UK


Wednesday, February 19, 2014 · 4:00 PM

CPE 2.208 [map]

The University of Texas at Austin


Half of the starlight in the Universe is hidden from visible telescopes, having been quenched by fine clouds of dust particles in interstellar space. This missing energy reappears in the infrared and terahertz regions of the spectrum, and can only be studied fully from space-borne observatories. Now thanks to a series of international space observatories this hidden Universe has been fully revealed. The observations reveal new classes of objects and phenomena, including the discovery of the most luminous and active star-forming galaxies in the Universe. These objects provide glimpses into the early history of galaxies like our own, and new insights into the star and galaxy formation processes that shaped the Hubble sequence.

About Dr. Kennicutt

Dr. Robert Kennicutt, Jr. is the Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, and Head of the School of the Physical Sciences at Cambridge. He received his Bachelor degree in Physics at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, followed by Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Astronomy at the University of Washington. After holding a Carnegie Fellowship at Hale Observatories and Caltech he held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota and the University of Arizona, before moving to Cambridge in 2005. He also has served as Director of the Institute of Astronomy (2008-2011) and Editor-in-Chief of The Astrophysical Journal (1999-2006). He is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society.


In Memorium: Antoinette de Vaucouleurs

dr. robert kennicutt, jr.

Dr. Robert Kennicutt, Jr.