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Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture 2020

Infinite Phase Space and the Two-Headed Arrow of Time

The fourteenth Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture, entitled Infinite Phase Space and the Two-Headed Arrow of Time, will be given by Professor Alan Guth (MIT).

Andrew Chamblin was a brilliant theoretical physist, who passed away suddenly and tragically in 2006. He studied twistor theory and global methods in general relativity with Professor Sir Roger Penrose at Christ Church, Oxford in 1991-92, and was then admitted to St John's to study for a PhD in Theoretical Physics under Professors Gary Gibbons and Stephen Hawking at the Department of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics.

Andrew was awarded a J.T. Knight Essay Prize, and was elected a Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. During this period his interests turned to quantum gravity and the superstring theory and supergravity (M-theory), to which over the next few years he made a number of striking contributions.

Andrew held several post-doctoral appointments, including at University of California Santa-Barbara, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was appointed Assistant Professor and University Scholar at the University of Louisville, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky. He published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and delivered many of these papers at international conferences around the world. 

The Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture Fund was established at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics to endow an annual lecture in Andrew's name at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology.

This year's lecture will take place at 5pm on Friday 18 December via Zoom, and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the website. The Zoom details will be sent to all registered attendees the day before the Lecture.

Published: 7/12/2020

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