The Astronomer and the Witch: Kepler’s Mother

Professor Ulinka Rublack FBA In 1615 Katharina Kepler, illiterate mother of the astronomer Johannes Kepler, was accused of being a witch. At that time in Germany, there was a witch ‘craze’. Over half of the c.50,000 executions in Europe for witchcraft between 1500 and 1700 took place in Germany. During the next […]

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Caroline Herschel: Discoverer of Comets

Dr Sheila Kanani Sheila Pearson (née Kanani), commonly known as Sheila Kanani is a British astronomer and the Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer at the Royal Astronomical Society. Caroline Lucretia Herschel (1750-1848) was the first woman professional astronomer, and by the time of her death she had been awarded the Royal […]

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Countdown to Launch

Dr Olivia Jones 2021 is an exciting year for astronomy, with the launch of the highly anticipated James Webb Space Telescope (Webb). Webb, NASA’s and ESA’s flagship mission, will revolutionise astronomy. It will be the largest and most powerful telescope launched into space, and it has strong Scottish connections with one of the key […]

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Maths vs. Covid-19

Professor Julia Gog OBE Julia is the David N. Moore Fellow in Mathematics, Director of Studies in Mathematics at Queen’s College, Cambridge and Professor of Mathematical Biology in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. She is also a member of the Cambridge Immunology Network and the Cambridge Infectious […]

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Cosmic Vision: Space-Quakes

Professor Katherine Blundell OBE Katherine was appointed Gresham Professor of Astronomy in 2019. She is a Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University and a Research Fellow at St John’s College. Before this she was one of the Royal Society’s University Research Fellows, a Research Fellow of the 1851 Royal Commission, and a […]

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Investing in Nature

Professor Jacqueline McGlade Professor Jacqueline McGlade is the Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment at Gresham College. She is also a Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at University College London and Professor at the Maasai Mara University in Kenya. On leave from her role at UCL, Professor McGlade was Director of […]

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CloudCatcher – How to Help Catch Clouds From Space

Dr Caroline Cox Clouds are beautiful. Seen from Earth, they provide a constantly changing backdrop to the sky. Seen from space, they are spectacular formations. However, clouds can be problematic for many Earth Observation missions interested in making observations of the atmosphere or land below them. Dr Cox discussed the process of identifying […]

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Active Galactic Nuclei and Tidal Disruption Events

Philip Short A tale of hungry black holes and unfortunate stars. At the centre of every galaxy lies a supermassive black hole. Some of these black holes are in an ‘active’ state, pulling in a steady stream of material from the surrounding area. While in this state these black holes have a significant […]

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Where do Mathematical Symbols Come From?

Professor Sarah Hart Sarah Hart is the first woman Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, and was appointed in 2020. She is Professor of Mathematics and Head of Mathematics and Statistics at Birkbeck, University of London. She studied at Oxford and Manchester, gaining her PhD in 2000. Postdoctoral research and teaching […]

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