Beatrice Hill Tinsley in 1977
Beatrice Hill Tinsley was a Professor of Astronomy at Yale University when
she died, aged 40, of melanoma in 1981. Until she came on the scene, people
believed that galaxies were fixed, immobile and unchanging in the universe.
She discovered (among many other things) that galaxies are both changing and
interacting with one another. She proved that the universe is still evolving.
Born in England, her family came to New Zealand when she was 5. She was
educated first in New Plymouth and then at the University of Canterbury. In
1961 she married Brian Tinsley. In 1963 they travelled to the USA, where they
Beatrice was celebrated for her work as a synthesiser, the bringing
together of apparently unrelated and individual scraps and strands of
knowledge and theory, to help create a whole.
These Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lectures are our way of celebrating the life
and work of this extraordinarily appealing and altogether remarkable young
The Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lectures 2013
Administered by the RASNZ Lecture Trust
This lecture series has now concluded. Watch this space
for the announcement of next year's lecture series.
Dr. Karen Masters is an Astronomy researcher at the Institute of
Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, UK. She's the Project
Scientist for Galaxy Zoo, and also involved in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
(especially MaNGA). She's also a member of the Dark Energy Survey and
Euclid. More information at http://twitter.com/KarenLMasters
Her talk is entitled "A Zoo of Galaxies":
We live in a universe filled with galaxies with an amazing variety of
sizes and shapes. One of the biggest challenges for astronomers working in
this field is to understand how all these types relate to each other in
the background of an expanding universe. I will talk about how our
knowledge of the different types of galaxies have evolved since we first
understood they were objects outside our own Milky Way galaxy.
Modern astronomical surveys (like the Sloan Digital Sky Survey) have
revolutionized this field of astronomy, by providing vast numbers of
galaxies to study. The sheer size of the these databases made traditional
visual classification of the types galaxies impossible and in 2007
inspired the Galaxy Zoo project (www.galaxyzoo.org); starting the
largest ever scientific collaboration by asking members of the public to
help classify galaxies by type and shape. Galaxy Zoo has since shown
itself, in a series of more than 30 publications, to be a fantastic
database for the study of galaxy evolution.
Details of the 2013 Tour.
The following details will be updated as information comes to hand.
New Plymouth October 4th: 7:30pm
Venue: New Plymouth Girls High School Main Hall
Admission: Students $5, Adults $10, Senior citizens $5
Contact: Nick Gladstone (06)7521060,
Wellington October 5th: 6:30pm
Venue: Carter Observatory
Admission: Public $18.50, WAS members $15. By ticket only. Book at Carter Observatory
Contact: John Talbot 027495184,
Nelson October 7th: 7:30pm
Venue: Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Lecture Theatre A211
Admission: Nelson Science Society members: Free. Public: $2.
Contact: Paul Fisher
Dunedin October 9th, 7pm
Venue: Hutton Lecture Theatre, Otago Museum
Admission: No charge.
Phone: 03-474 7474 (Otago Museum public help desk)
Contact: Dunedin Astronomical Society
Web: DAS Event