Mar 14, 2007 - Full Circle - The Physics and Astronomy Connection - Dr. W. John McDonald, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta
the study of our natural world grew out of astronomy and especially the work
of Kepler, Galileo and Newton which showed how we could describe and
understand planetary motion. In the last century, relativity and quantum
physics revolutionized the way we view the matter that we, the planets and
our universe, are composed of as well as the strangely formed space we
inhabit. Currently, Physics and Astronomy are reuniting in the age old
attempt to uncover the origins of the universe and its remarkable evolution.
Presentation (3.5Mb pdf)
John McDonald holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics (1959) and an M. Sc.
(1961) From the University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD from the University of
Ottawa (1964). He was a faculty member at the University of Alberta from
1965 to 2001 and Chairman of the Department of Physics (1976 to 1980), Dean
of the Faculty of Science (1981 to 1991), Vice President (Academic) (1991
to1994) and Acting President (1994). Currently he is a Fellow of the
Institute of Physics (UK), Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta
and Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria.