Harley Wood Lecture
In conjunction with the Annual Scientific Meeting, the ASA sponsors a public lecture in the city where the Scientific Meeting is held.
The Harley Wood Lecture was inaugurated in 1984 as an annual lecture in honour of the first President of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA).
Harley Wood was Director of Sydney Observatory for over thirty years from 1943 to 1974, during which time the Observatory was engaged in the Astrographic Catalogue, a mammoth international project to photograph the whole sky. His work in the wider context of the Australian and international astronomical community was prolific. He was also heavily involved in the popularisation of astronomy and making astronomy available to everyone. In particular, he was at the forefront of moves to draw Australian astronomers together into a professional organisation and in recognition of this work became the Foundation president of the ASA.
A book is available on Harley Wood and his family’s life at the Observatory, written by Roslyn Russell. Copies can be obtained from the Sydney Observatory bookshop at $30 (recommended retail price).
Image: Harley Wood photographing the spectrum of a comet.
List of Harley Wood Lectures
|2019||Kirsten Banks||65,000 years – the rich history of Aboriginal Astronomy|
|2018||Lisa Kewley||Oxygen: Breathing in Stars|
|2017||Tara Murphy||Extreme Events – Exploring the Transient Universe|
|2016||Luke Barnes||Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos (podcast)|
|2015||Tanya Hill||The Light Fantastic|
|2014||Fred Watson||Relatively Brilliant|
|2013||Charley Lineweaver||The Birth, Life and Death of our Planet…… and of the Universe|
|2012||Chris Tinney||A wealth of new planets|
|2011||Fred Watson||How Green is the Universe?|
|2010||Elaine Sadler||Adventures in wide-field astronomy|
|2009||Ray Norris||Australian Indigenous Astronomy|
|2008||John Dickey||What can VLBI do for you? Radio Astronomy in the Public Interest|
|2007||Matthew Bailes||Millisecond Pulsars and Einstein’s Universe|
|2006||Mike Dopita||Star Formation through Cosmic Time|
|2005||Bryan Gaensler||The Brightest Explosion in History: Amazing Magnetars and the Giant Flare of 27th December|
|2004||Matthew Colless||Surveying the Universe|
|2003||Paul Davies||The State of the Universe|
|2002||Penny Sackett||One Hundred New Worlds: The Search for Other Solar Systems|
|2001||Brian Schmidt||Measuring the Universe|
|2000||Martin George||Silhouettes and shadows:Eclipses – fascinating and informative|
|1999||Rev. Robert Evans||Exploding Stars, an Australian Discovery Story|
|1998||Brian Boyle||Mapping the Universe|
|1997||David Jauncey||The Vision Splendid: Radio Astronomy in Space|
|1996||Russell Cannon||How Old are the Stars?|
|1995||Malcolm Longair||Black Holes made Easy|
|1994||Jeremy Mould||High Resolution Imaging with the HST|
|1993||Patrick Moore||Exploring the Planets|
|1992||Barry Jones||Science Intellectuals can Transform Australia|
|1991||Colin Norman||The Hubble Space Telescope|
|1990||Sidney van den Bergh||Asteroids and Dinosaurs|
|1989||David Malin||Astronomical Reflections – Light from between the Stars|
|1988||Ron Ekers||Revealing the Invisible Universe|
|1987||Paul Wild||The Beginnings of Radio Astronomy in Australia|