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The Leon Pape Memorial Lectures
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Pape photoLeon Pape was a member of the faculty at California State University, Los Angeles from 1961 to 1971. As professor of physics he contributed to programs and facility development in biophysics, radiological health physics, and electron microscopy and supervised research by advanced physics and biology students. He served as University radiation safety officer, academic senator, and chair of the Department of Physics and received the campus's Outstanding Professor Award in 1969. In 1971, he joined the research faculty of the Zoophysiological Laboratory at the August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen, and served as director of that laboratory from 1975 to 1979. His research areas included macromolecule behavior, cell ultrastructure and function, radiobiology, energy transport, cell physiology, and physical theories of the living state. His untimely death in January 1984 prompted the establishment of this lecture series in his memory, encompassing his many interests.

The 2009 Leon Pape Memorial Lecture

Andrea M. Ghez , Ph.D.
Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA
MacArthur Fellowship Award (2008), Sackler Prize(2004),
National Academy of Sciences and
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected)

"“Unveiling a black hole at the center of our galaxy””
Friday, November 13, 2009, 2:00 p.m. Physical Sciences 158

The Leon Pape Memorial Lecture Series

“Radioactivity in the Service of Humanity”
Rosalyn S. Yalow, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1977. Senior Medical Investigator, Veterans Administration Medical Center, New York
“Science Is With People: A Tribute to Leon Pape”
Paul Saltman, Professor of Biology, University of California, San Diego
“The Dilemma of Nuclear Weapons”
Marvin S. Goldberger, President and Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology
“How Old is the Observable Universe?”
William A. Fowler, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1983, Institute Professor of Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology
“The Nature of Metals and Alloys”
Linus Pauling, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1954, Nobel Laureate in Peace, 1962, Research Professor, Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine
“The Life of the Stars”
Hans A. Bethe , Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1967, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Cornell University
“A Brief History of the First 15 Billion Years”
Leon M. Lederman, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1988, Director Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Professor of Physics, University of Chicago
“Visual Awareness”
Francis H.C. Crick, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1962, J.W. Kieckhefer Distinguished Research Professor, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
“Simplicity and Complexity”
Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1969, Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology
“The Challenge of Drug Discovery”
Gertrude B. Elion, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1988, Scientist Emeritus, Burroughs Wellcome Company
“Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy”
Kip S. Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology
“Nuclear Weapons: Where Do We Go From Here?”
Sidney D. Drell, MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellow, 1984-1989, Professor and Deputy Director Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
“In Search of the Fundamental Building Blocks of Nature”
Samuel C.C. Ting, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1976, Thomas Dudley Cabot Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Two Atmospheric Problems: Ozone Depletion and Global Warming”,
F. Sherwood Rowland, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1995, Donald Bren Research Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine
“Superfluidity in Helium Three: The Discovery Through the Eyes of a Graduate Student”
Douglas D. Osherfoff, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1996, MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellow, 1981-1986, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Stanford University
“Holding onto Atoms and Molecules with Laser Light”
Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1997, Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Stanford University
“Electronic Structure of Matter: Wave Functions and Density Functionals”
Walter Kohn, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1998, Professor of Physics, Emeritus, and Research Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Viruses: The Essence of Life, but Sneaky Critters”
David Baltimore , Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1975, National Medal of Science Recipient, 1999, President, California Institute of Technology
“Freezing Time”
Ahmed H. Zewail, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1999, Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology
"Light at Bicycle Speed ...and Slower Yet!"
Lene V. Hau, MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellow, 2001-2006, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Physics, Lyman Laboratory, Harvard University
"Can Nuclear Weapons Proliferation Be Stopped?"
Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky, Ph.D., Professor and Director Emeritus, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University

"What Can We Do With A Quantum Liquid?"
Anthony J. Leggett, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2003, MacArthur Professor and Advanced Studies Professor of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

"The Future of Physics"
David J. Gross, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2004, Director, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, Frederick W. Gluck Professor of Theoretical Physics

"Small Wonders: The World of Nanoscience "
Horst L. Stormer, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1998, Isidor Isaac Rabi Professor of Physics, Columbia University, New York, Adjunct Physics Vice President, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hills, NJ

"Why are we so excited about carbon nanostructures?"
Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Ph.D., Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics, MIT;
President of the American Physical Society (1984) and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1997)

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