Evidence for a Black Hole at the Center of our Galaxy


Evidence for a Black Hole at the Center of our Galaxy


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1985-1986).

Dr. Townes, a Nobel laureate, is University Professor of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Dr. Townes received the Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology and has since received twenty-one honorary degrees from American and foreign universities and colleges. Dr. Townes has been an Adams Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Fulbright lecturer. From 1964 to 1969 he was chair of the science and technology committee for manned space flight at ASA, and in 1968 he was named chair of the President-Elect's Task Force on Space; in 1969 he became chair of the President's Task Force on National Science Policy. He has also served as chair of the President's Committee on Science and Technology (1976-77); as chair of the Committee on Scholarly Exchanges to the People's Republic of China; and as chair for the Committee on MX Basing in 1981, among other positions. In 1964 Dr. Townes received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his "fundamental work in the field of quantum electronics, which has led to the construction of oscillators and amplifiers based on the maser-laser principle." His other honors include the Comstock Award from the National Academy of Sciences, the Rumford Premium from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Earle K. Plyler Prize from the American Physics Society (of which he has served as president). He is a foreign member of the Royal Society of London and a member of several professional societies including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Astronomy Society.

His Work: Dr. Townes's research has been primarily in the area of molecular and nuclear structure. He has done extensive work on questions involving masers and lasers; radio and infrared astronomy; microwave spectroscopy; optics; and quantum electronics.

His Lecture: November 2, 1985: "Evidence for a Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy"



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November 2, 1985

Evidence for a Black Hole at the Center of our Galaxy