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The Gordon Patston Memorial Lecture: The Noteworthy Astronomer of Windsor with Dr Fred Watson

Friday 4th November 2016 - 8:00pm
The Gordon Patston Memorial Lecture
The Noteworthy Astronomer of Windsor
Speaker: Dr. Fred Watson, AAO
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: In recent years, John Tebbutt is perhaps best remembered as the astronomer whose face adorned the Australian $100 note from 1984 until 1996. In fact, he was one of the nineteenth century’s greatest astronomers, with a world-wide reputation in the field. But his intolerance of government bureaucracy made him a controversial figure in the scientific world. John Tebbutt died on 29 November 1916 and, in this fully-illustrated talk, Fred Watson marks the centenary with an engaging account of Tebbutt's many contributions to Australian astronomy.
Biography: Fred Watson needs little introduction. He is well known as a populariser of astronomy. He has been an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995 and his main scientific interest is in the use of novel technology to gather information on very large numbers of stars and galaxies. Until 2009, Fred was based at the AAO's telescopes in Coonabarabran, where he was Astronomer in Charge. He is now the Sydney-based Head of Lighting and Environment, working closely with state and local government and the Coonabarabran community to preserve the dark skies of the observatory. Fred has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won't be his fault.

Event Date: 
Friday, 4 November, 2016 - 20:00
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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