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The Chesley Bonestell Memorial Lecture

Artist, architect, and astronomer, Chesley Bonestell (1888 - 1986) lived through and contributed to many highly civilized events and cultural realizations of this century. Bonestell has an international cult following which began in the 1950s with the appearance of a succession of books on space exploration and the Solar System. As an illustrator he had equal billing with authors including Arthur C. Clarke, Wernher von Braun, Willy Ley, and Robert S. Richardson.

Each year, the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy presents a lecture for the general public supported by funds from the Chesley Bonestell Memorial Lecture Endowment. Normally held in January, this lecture highlights a significant astronomical topic of the previous year. A list of previous speakers and topics is presented below. For information on this year's lecture, please see the Calendar section of the web site.

Year
Presenter/Affiliation Topic
2015

Dr. Jeffrey Moore
NASA-Ames Research Center

New Horizons: Journey to the Edge of the Solar System.

 

2014
Dr. Claudia Alexander
NASA

Footprints on a Comet: The Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

 

   
2013
Dr. Jason Nielson
UC Santa Cruz

One Particle to Rule them All: Inside the Discovery of the Higgs Boson

The second Kai Woehler Lecture

 

   
2012
Dr. Carl Grillmair
California Institute of Technology
Our Milky Way Galaxy: a Cannibal of Galaxies

 

   
2011
Dr. David Koo
Lick Observatory

Supermassive Dark Holes: Cosmic Parasites within our Galaxy and Quasars.

Also the first Kai Woehler Lecture

 

   
2010
William Boruki
NASA Ames
Tycho: Exo-Planet Discovery Machine
     
2009
Dr.Kai Woehler
Naval Postgraduate School
Emergent Worlds
     
2008
Dr. Edward Guinan
Villanova University
The Once and Future Sun: the Impact of Solar Variations on Earth's Climate
     
2007
Dr. Alex Filippenko
University of California, Berkeley
Exploding Stars: Two Amazing Decades of Research after SN 1987A
     
2006
Dr. Mark Sykes
Planetary Science Institute
Whither Pluto?
     
2005
Dr. Diane Wooden
Nasa Ames Research Center
Deconstructing Comets: First Results from the NASA Deep Impact Mission
     
2004
Dr. Albert Haldemann
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Little Robots That Could: Latest Mars Rover Results
     
2003
Dr. Garth Illingworth
Lick Observatory
Studying the Formation of Galaxies at the Beginning of Time with the World's Most Powerful Telescopes
     
2002
Dr. Mike Brown
Caltech
Discovering the Tenth Planet
     
2001
Dr. Frank Shu
University of California, Berkeley
The Formation of the Stars and Planets
     
2000
Dr. Richard Greenberg
University of Arizona
Discovery of a Habitable World: Jupiter's Moon Europa
     
1999
Dr. Helmut Abt
Editor, The Astrophysical Journal
Astronomy of the Twentieth Century: A Retrospective
     
1998
Dr. Kai Woehler
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey
How Does Nature Choose Between Alternate Universes?
   
1997
Dr. Louis Frank
University of Iowa
The Cosmic Rain of Small Comets into our Atmosphere
   
1996
Dr. Paul Butler
University of California, Berkeley
The Discovery of New Solar Systems: Are Planets Common in the Universe?
   
1995
Dr. Geoffrey R. Burbidge
University of California, San Diego
Was There a Big Bang?
   
1994
Dr. Sandra Faber
University of California, Santa Cruz
The Hubble Space Telescope: Back from the Dead
   
1993
Dr. Kai Woehler
Naval Postgraduate School
About Space Travel through Black Holes
   
1992
John Dobson
Sidewalk Astronomer
The Origins of Big Aperture Amateur Telescopes
     
1991
Dr. E.C. Krupp
Griffith Observatory
Astronomy before Columbus: the New World
     
1990
Andy Fraknoi
Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Are We Alone? Is there Life among the Stars?

     
1989
Clyde Tombaugh
Discovered Pluto
The Discovery of Pluto
     
1988
Dr. William K. Hartmann
Planetary Science Institute
Art and Astronomy