Internationally-renowned professor of space physics to present George Fraser Memorial Lecture at the University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Oct 07, 2015 10:41 AM |
Professor Michele Dougherty, of Imperial College London, to give second in a series of memorial lectures on planetary science

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 7 October 2015

An internationally renowned professor of space physics will be presenting the second in the series of George Fraser Memorial Lectures at the University of Leicester.

Professor Fraser, who was Director of the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester, died suddenly on 18 March 2014. He was one of the world’s leading experts in the field of X-ray astronomy and worked on several space missions, including Beagle 2 to Mars and BepiColombo to Mercury.

The memorial lecture – ‘Planetary exploration: from Saturn to Mercury and on to Jupiter’ - will be presented by Professor Michele Dougherty of Imperial College London on Wednesday 14 October 2015

Professor Dougherty is principal investigator for two major outer planetary space missions – the NASA Cassini spacecraft which is in orbit around Saturn and the ESA JUICE spacecraft that will go into orbit around Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. For the past 15 years she has been responsible for the leadership of the Cassini magnetometer instrument team, which measures magnetic fields in space.

Professor Dougherty became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012 and was recognised by the UK Science Council as one of the 100 top UK living scientists. 

Professor Paul O'Brien, Head of the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Leicester, said: "I am delighted that Michele is able to come and talk to us about the exciting area of planetary science, a subject close to George's heart and one for which he worked tirelessly to provide world-class technology."

The second George Fraser Memorial Lecture, ‘Planetary exploration: from Saturn to Mercury and on to Jupiter’ by Professor Michele Dougherty, will be presented on Wednesday 14 October 2015 at 5.30pm in the Rattray Lecture Theatre at the University of Leicester. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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