Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford

Telescopes Now: real stories of astronomy today
A series of weekly lectures in February 2009

When Galileo sought to introduce the telescope to the study of the
heavens in 1609, he had to master the material and mechanical techniques
needed for making and improving his instruments, to train himself as an
effective observer, to argue for support from the Senate in Venice or
the Medici Family in Florence, to get his results published, noticed and
accepted, and to use them to advance his position and authority in a
developing and contentious field. What practical, political, technical,
financial and organisational challenges face telescope builders today?
We have invited four senior astronomers to share the stories behind some
of the major instrumental developments of the modern era.

Tuesday 3 February, 7 pm
Professor Alexander Boksenberg: the William Herschel and the Hubble
Alexander Boksenberg is Honorary Professor of Experimental Astronomy,
University of Cambridge, and a former Director of the Royal Greenwich

Tuesday 10 February, 7 pm
Professor Phil Diamond: Jodrell Bank, the Lovell Telescope and e-MERLIN
Phil Diamond is Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the
University of Manchester and the Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for

Tuesday 17 February, 7 pm
Professor Roger Davies: the Gemini Telescopes
Roger Davies is Philip Wetton Professor of Astrophysics and Chairman of
Physics, University of Oxford

Tuesday 24 February, 7 pm
Professor Alan Watson: the Pierre Auger Observatory
Alan Watson is Emeritus and Research Professor of Physics at the
University of Leeds and with James Cronin established and led the Pierre
Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory in Argentina.

Admission free.  Doors open 6.30 pm.