Couper on Copernicus, Henbest talks Herschel: Public lecture on astronomical history

Posted by mjs76 at Mar 07, 2011 02:20 PM |
Two very successful Leicester graduates return to the University on 24 March for the Annual Alumni Lecture when Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest present ‘Cosmic Quest: A History of Astronomy’.

Anyone with an interest in stargazing will recognise the names of the Hencoup partnership from their numerous books, TV programmes and other projects.

Nigel Henbest studied astrophysics at the University of Leicester before moving onto postgraduate study at Cambridge. He has written numerous books on astronomy as well as being astronomy consultant for New Scientist and editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association.

Please note that tickets for this event are now completely sold out.

It was at Leicester that Nigel met another astrophysics undergraduate, Heather Couper. In the 1980s the two started making popular science programmes for television, winning numerous awards and receiving great acclaim. In 1994, Heather received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Leicester and she was made a CBE in 2007.

On Thursday 24 March 2011, Nigel and Heather will jointly present a free public lecture on the history of astronomy, looking at some of the fascinating characters who have expanded and enriched our understanding of the heavens over the centuries.

This is the Annual Alumni Lecture; entrance is free but donations will be welcome on the night, which will go towards scholarships for talented students in the College of Science and Engineering.

The lecture takes place at the University’s arts centre, Embrace Arts on Lancaster Road, at 6.00pm on Thursday 24 March. Tickets for this event afre now sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please contact the Embrace Arts box office on 0116 252 2455.

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