2011 – Donald Lynden-Bell

lynden-bellProf. Lynden-Bell is a world renowned expert on galactic dynamics, accretion disks, and black holes.

In early work with Sandage and Eggen, he showed that the halo of our galaxy, the Milky Way, formed via a collapse. Lynden-Bell was one of the first to suggest that quasars were black holes accreting gas through an accretion disk. He was the senior member of the Seven Samurai, a group of astronomers who transformed our understanding of massive galaxies. He has also contributed profoundly to our understanding of the entropy of stellar systems.

Public Lecture: History of Giant Black Holes

Technical Talk: Energy bends space-time, does energy create it?