Public Lecture
"Fifty Years of Space Research at the University of Iowa"

Dr. Donald Gurnett
Professor of Physics
University of Iowa

Olin Auditorium, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Monday, May 12, 2008, 7:00 pm
Admission is free

Fifty years ago, in 1958, the United States launched its first satellite, Explorer I. The scientific payload on the satellite was designed and built by a team led by University of Iowa professor Dr. James Van Allen. Among the many important results of this mission was the discovery of the Earth’s radiation belts that now bear Van Allen’s name. Dr. Gurnett will talk about James Van Allen’s legacy at the University of Iowa and the numerous contributions the university has made to space science and exploration.

Dr. Gurnett is the James Van Allen/Roy J. Carver Professor of Physics at the University of Iowa where he has been on the faculty since 1965. He has been an investigator on over 25 space missions and has published more than 450 scientific papers. Dr. Gurnett has won numerous prestigious awards from international scientific societies and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


Lee Carkner, Mel Peterson, Joe Owczarzak,
Jim van Howe, Dean Sieglaff, Donald Gurnett

Lee Carkner and Donald Gurnett

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