Past Hamilton Lecture Speakers

Donald Ross Hamilton Memorial Lecture Series

October 12, 1972 Victor Weisskopf
"The Role of Science in Today's Culture"

November 1, 1973 Harvey Brooks
"Are Scientists Obsolete?"

March 20, 1975 Rudolph Peierls
"Recollections of the Early Days of Quantum Mechanics"

March 17, 1976 Sheldon Glashow
"Quarks: Are They the Ultimate Constituents of Matter?"

March 2, 1977 Frank Press
"The Science and Politics of Earthquake Predictions"

April 12, 1978 W.H.K. Panofsky
"The New Spectroscopy"

April 10, 1979 I.I. Rabi
"Science at the Crossroads"

April 22, 1981 Luis Alvarez
"Asteroids and Dinosaurs"

April 29, 1982 Lyman Spitzer
"Space Telescope, Eye on the Universe"

May 9, 1983 Carlo Rubbia
"Searching for the Carrier of the Weak Force"

May 10, 1984 John J. Hopfield
"The Physics of Biological Memory"

April 30, 1985 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
"Gravitational Collapse and the Problem of Singularities in General Relativity"

April 22, 1986 Robert H. Dicke
"Experimental Physics is Fun: Recollections"

April 28, 1987 Sidney D. Drell
"Arms Control & Star Wars"

April 12, 1988 Frank Wilczek
"Scale Invariance: It's Not How Big You Are But How Fast You Reproduce Yourself"

April 25, 1989 Martin L. Perl
"Electron, Muon, and Tau: Diversity in Discovery"

March 9, 1990 Michael E. Fisher
"Universality and Singularity: Phase Transitions and our Understanding of the Physical World"

April 2, 1991 Norman Ramsey
"Time and the Physical Universe"

March 10, 1992 Abraham Pais
"American Science & World War II"

March 30, 1993 Steven M. Girvin
"The Quantum Hall Effect: Universal Physics from Dirty Devices."

May 11, 1995 Philippe Nozières
"Is Many Body Physics a Settled Issue?"

April 19, 1996 Daniel Kleppner
"Views from a Garden of Worldly Delights"

December 9, 1997 Jocelyn Bell Burnell
“In Pursuit of Pulsars – 30 Years On!”

May 5, 1999 Sir Martin Rees
“Understanding the Beginning and the End: Our Universe and Others”

March 2, 2000 Charles H. Townes
“The Sociology of Science Illustrated by the Laser”

April 16, 2001 Gerard ‘t Hooft
“Quantum Field Theory, the Gravitational Force, and the Future of Quantum Mechanics”

March 14, 2002 Dava Sobel
“Galileo: Working Scientist”

April 22, 2003 Lawrence Krauss
“Einstein’s Biggest Blunder: A Cosmic Mystery Story”

April 26, 2004 Herman Wouk
“A Hole in Texas” A Novel view of the Supercollider

April 29, 2005 David J. Gross
“The Future of Physics”

March 30, 2006 Steven Chu
“The energy problem: Our current choices and future hopes”

April 12, 2007   N. David Mermin
“Spooky Actions at a Distance?”

March 27, 2008   Arthur B. McDonald
“A Deeper Understanding of the Universe from 2km Underground”

April 7, 2009 Larry Abbott
“Sense from Chaos: Phase Transitions in Neural Activity”

April 8, 2010 Sir John Pendry
“A Cloak of Invisibility: Harry Potter does Electromagnetism.”

February 2, 2011 Sir Michael Berry
“Making Light of Mathematics”

February 9, 2012 Leo Kadanoff
“Making a Splash, Breaking a Neck”

April 25, 2013 Joe Incandela
“The Search for the Higgs Boson:Discovery at the LHC”

April 3, 2014 Prof. Samuel Ting
“The Latest Results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on the International Space Station”

April 30, 2015 Deborah Jin, JILA, University of Colorado
"Fun with Ultracold Atoms"

April 7, 2016 Gary Horowitz, UC Santa Barbara
"Strange Views of Space and Time: From Einstein to String Theory"

May 4, 2017 Charles Kane, University of Pennsylvania
"Topological Phases of Matter: Matter Can Arrange Itself in the Most Ingenious Ways" (Video)

April 12, 2018 Kip Thorne
"Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves: From the Big Bang to Black Holes and Colliding Stars"

April 22, 2019 Elena Aprile
"The Xenon Project: At the Forefront of Dark Matter Direct Detection"

April 21, 2022 Steven M. Girvin
"Progress and Prospects for the Second Quantum Revolution"