The Schrödinger Lecture

Portrait of Erwin SchrodingerThe Erwin Schrödinger Lecture is an annual event named after the noted Austrian scientist. Schrödinger was a theoretical physicist and a significant contributor to the wave theory of matter, a form of quantum physics. He mathematically devised an equation of wave mechanics that bears his name. He was a co-recipient of the 1933 Nobel Prize for physics.

Today he is popularly known for the paradox of Schrödinger’s cat.

The 2020 lecture On coin tosses, atoms and forest fires will be presented by Professor Sir Martin Hairer.

Recent lectures and speakers have included; The Cassini Spacecraft Mission at Saturn by Professor Michele Dougherty,  The art of building small by Professor Ben L. Feringa, Data, data everywhere but lets just stop and think by Professor David Hand,  Can we feed the world sustainably? by Professor Sir Gordon Conway, 2012 Physics Nobel Laureate Professor Serge Haroche and Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, who won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Other speakers in the 27-year history of the lecture include Professor Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and 2001 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology winner, and Professor  Stephen Hawking, from the University of Cambridge.

(Image credit: "Schrodinger" by Nobel foundation / Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Watch previous editions of the Schrödinger Lecture online via Imperial's YouTube playlist (external link).