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Institute of Physics
History of Physics Group
10 December 2008

Physics at Liverpool: A Capital of Culture Celebration

On 10 December 2008, as part of the Capital of Culture celebrations, the Physics Department of the University of Liverpool will celebrate its 127-year history, in collaboration with the IOP History of Physics Group and the IOP Merseyside Branch . The celebration will be held in the historic Leggate theatre of the University's newly created Victoria Art Gallery and Museum (VGM).

In addition to the four main talks, there will be an extensive exhibition, with artefacts, photographs, books, manuscripts, video, all on show in the spectacular interior of the newly-refurbished Victoria building, and there will also be an opportunity to see the University's own collections. Liverpool's Physics Department has had a dramatic and exciting history, with 3 Nobel prize winners, 24 Fellows of the Royal Society, and major work on radio, X-rays, physics in wartime, condensed matter physics, superconductivity, particle and nuclear physics, the world's largest accelerator for a time, and a great deal else, and contributions from Oliver Lodge, Charles Barkla, James Chadwick, Otto Frisch, E. J. Williams, Joseph Rotblat, Herbert Fröhlich, and many others.

10.00 -11.00 Registration, coffee & opportunity to see exhibition and VGM
11.00 - 12.00 Dr Dominic Dickson: The early days: radio, X-rays, and the ether
12.00 - 1.00 Dr Peter Rowlands: The cyclotrons in war and peace
1.00 - 2.00Lunch
2.00 - 3.00Dr Gerard Hyland: The theoretical dimension
3.00 - 3.30Tea
3.30 - 4.30 Dr Mike Houlden: Nuclear and particle physics to the present
4.30AGM of History of Physics Group in Chadwick Building

All are welcome. The entire event is free to all who book in advance. Buffet lunch and light refreshments are provided, along with a free copy of 125 Years of Excellence, a departmental history from 1881 to 2006.

To book please contact Dr Peter Rowlands by email / phone / mail at

Dr P Rowlands, Physics Department, University of Liverpool,
Oliver Lodge Laboratory, Oxford St, Liverpool, L69 7ZE

(Tel. 0151 794 3368)