1997 – Sir Martin Rees

Sir Martin Rees, once Chairman of the European Space Agency’s Scientific Advisory Committee, was CITA’s first Sackler visitor.

He is a past President of the Royal Astronomical Society. Some of his many awards include: American Institute of Physics & American Astronomical Society, Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, (1984), Astronomische Gesellschaft, Karl Schwarzschild Medal, (1989), Peter Gruber Foundation, Cosmology Prize, 2001 and he was the Bruce Medalist in 1993.

Prof. Rees gave a public lecture on Cosmic History and also received media coverage: a radio station taped his public lecture and a television station, the Canadian Discovery channel, interviewed him the next day, asking a question about wormholes, intimate relatives of black holes, posed by Leonard Nimoy, “Spock” of Star Trek fame. Sir Martin also gave a more technical lecture, the topic being Gamma Ray Bursts.