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Viewing the Universe

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Astronomers depend on light for their understanding of the cosmos beyond the confines of the Solar System. Many of the most exciting discoveries over the last couple of decades were made possible by new generations of cameras and telescopes, both on the ground and in space. The resulting observations captured the imagination not just of the scientists but also of the general public. Dr Crawford will discuss the new facilities anticipated coming online over the next ten years or so – how they’ll not only change our view of the Universe, but also alter the way we do Astronomy.

Carolin Crawford is the Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. She received her PhD from Cambridge University, and for many years she used X-ray, optical, and near-infrared observations to investigate both the environments of some of the largest galaxies in the Universe. Her research was carried out alongside — and later eclipsed by — a growing role in the public communication of science. Carolin now gives many talks every year communicating the excitement of astronomy to as wide an audience as possible; she also makes regular appearances on local and national radio. Her efforts were recognized by a Woman of Outstanding Achievement award from the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology for “communication of SET with a contribution to society” in 2009, and her appointment as the Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College 2011– 2015. Carolin is also a College Lecturer, Fellow, and Admissions Tutor at Emmanuel College where she teaches mathematics.

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