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The William C. Shaw Lecture Series

Professor William C. Shaw (1908-1977) was a dedicated physicist and educator long associated with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  He was Professor of Physics from 1959 to 1973 and subsequently Professor Emeritus until his death in 1977.  He was a skilled and clever teacher with a special dedication to education of the general student.

To commemorate the many contributions Professor Shaw made during his long scientific career and to further the cause of general education to which he devoted much of his energy, his family and friends established the William C. Shaw Memorial Fund at SIUE.  Proceeds of this fund were used in the construction and equipping of the William C. Shaw Sky Lab, which permits students to experience and study first hand the wonders of the night sky, keeping alive Professor Shaw's love of teaching astronomy.  The William C. Shaw Lecture Series is also supported in part by the Shaw Memorial Fund.  The Shaw Lectures are presentations in science aimed at the interested, informed layperson, and the lecturers have been chosen because of their outstanding achievements in science, their ability to provide lectures on stimulating topics and their skill at communicating with the general public.

Past Shaw Lecturers

1979 Frank D. Drake
Cornell University
Extraterrestrial Intelligence
1980 Max Dresden
S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook
Black Holes:
Science or Fantasy
1982 William A. Fowler
California Institute of Technology
(Nobel Laureate)
The Age of the Universe
1984 Alvin M. Weinberg
Institute for Energy Analysis
A Second Nuclear Era:
Prospects and Perspectives
1986 Allan Sandage
Mt. Wilson and
Las Campanas Observatory
Creation of the Universe:
Astronomical Style
1987 Sheldon L. Glashow
Harvard University
(Nobel Laureate)
Challenge of Particle Physics
1991 Laurie M. Brown
Northwestern University
The Passion for Unity and the
Possible End of Physics
1995 Harrison Schmidt
Apollo 17 astronaut
A Trip to the Moon and Beyond
2001 Mildred Dresselhaus
Massachusetts Institute of
Big Prospects for Small Science:
Opportunities in Nanoscience
and Nanotechnology
10  2002 Virginia Trimble
University of California, Irvine
University of Maryland
Man's Place in the Universe
11  2005 Michael Turner
National Science Foundation
University of Chicago
The Dark Side of the Universe:
Beyond Stars and the
Starstuff We Are Made Of
12  2007 Christopher Sorensen
Kansas State University
Fire, Fractals, and the
Divine Proportion
13  2010 Steven Squyres
Cornell University
Roving Mars:
Spirit, Opportunity, and the
Exploration of the Red Planet
14  2011 Neil deGrasse Tyson
Frederick P. Rose Director
Hayden Planetarium
Our Past, Present,
and Future in Space
15  2013 John C. Mather
(Nobel Laureate)
History of the Universe
from the Beginning to End

This page:  http://www.siue.edu/PHYSICS/shawseries.html
Written by:  Roger Hill (rhill@siue.edu)
Revised:  2013 Sep 19
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