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The Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lectures


Beatrice Hill Tinsley in 1977

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 remained

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 woman.

The Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lectures are administered by the RASNZ Lecture Trust who may be contacted by email at LectureTrust@rasnz.org.nz.


The Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lectures 2014

Administered by the RASNZ Lecture Trust

2014's Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecturer is Dr Tamara Davis. The lectures will be held during the week of September the 22nd to the 26th.

Title, abstract and venues of Dr Davis' lectures are yet to be finalised. Watch this page for details as they come to hand.

Dr Tamara Davis

Dr Davis is the Future Fellow of the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia.

Dr Davis is a cosmologist who spends her time investigating why the expansion of the universe is accelerating. She was part of the WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey, which made one of the largest ever maps of the distribution of galaxies in the universe, and uses supernovae to measure the properties of "dark energy". She’s an avid science communicator and has a knack for turning complex concepts into everyday language.

For more biographical information see Tamara's home page.

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