Michelson Memorial Lecture Series
Sponsored by the United States Naval Academy Class of 1969
The Michelson Memorial Lecture Series commemorates the achievements of Albert A. Michelson, whose experiments on the measurement of the speed of light were initiated while he was a military instructor at the U. S. Naval Academy. These studies not only advanced the science of physics but resulted in his selection as the first Nobel Laureate in science from the United States.
Each year since 1981, a distinguished scientist has come to the Naval Academy to present the Michelson Lecture. These scientists have represented a variety of scientific disciplines, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, oceanography, and computer science.
Complete List of Distinguished Speakers
|Sponsoring Department Color Codes|
|2021||Dr. Marcia McNutt
President, National Academy of Sciences
"Applications of Science and Technology for Strategic Advantage"
Nobel Laureate in Physics
"Probing the Warped Side of the Universe with Gravitational Waves: From the Big Bang to Black Holes"
2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
"Engines Through the Ages"
Fields Medalist, Department of Mathematics, UCLA;
"The Cosmic Distance Ladder"
Tisch University Professor, Department of Computer Science at Cornell University
"Social Phenomena in Global Networks: Bursts, Cascades and Hot Spots"
Director, Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University
Dr. Adam Riess
Dr. Ada Yonath
|2012|| Dr. Peter Diamond
2010 Nobel Laureate in Economics
"Abstract for talk"
|2011|| Dr. Bernd Sturmfels
Prof of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, U of California, Berkeley
|2010|| Dr. Eric J. Barron
President Florida State University
"Beyond Climate Science"
|2009|| Professor Christos Papadimitriou
Hogan Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley
"The Algorithmic Lens: How the Computational Perspective is Transforming the Sciences"
|2008|| Professor James Gates
Director for the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland
"SUSY and the Lord of the Ring: Supersymmetry Theory"
|2007|| Sir Harold W. Kroto
1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
"Architecture in Nanospace"
|2006|| Dr. James J. Heckman
2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics
"Skills, Schools and Synapses"
|2005|| Dr. Jeffrey Weeks
"The Shape of Space"
|2004|| Dr. Howard Bluestein
"Mobile Doppler Radar Observations of Tornadoes"
|2003|| Professor William D. Phillips
1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics; NIST and University of Maryland
"Time, Einstein, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe"
|2002|| Dr. F. Sherwood Rowland, Nobel Laureate
Donald Bren Research Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine. "The 21st Century Atmosphere: Changes and Consequences"
|2001|| Dr. David Donoho
"Data! Data! Data! Challenges and Opportunities of the Coming Data Deluge" ( download, pdf format)
|2000|| Dr. Vinton G. Cerf
Senior Vice President of Internet Architecture and Technology
|1999||Dr. Sylvia Earl, Deep Ocean Explorer, 1998-2002 National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence,
and Chairman, DOER Marine Operations, Inc.
|1998||Dr. Leon N. Cooper, Nobel Laureate
Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Science, Brown University Department of Physics
and Director, Institute for Brain and Neural Systems
|1997||Dr. Dudley R. Herschbach, Nobel Laureate
Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science, Harvard University
|1996||Dr. Aaron Hauptman, Nobel Laureate
Hauptman-Woodward Research Foundation
|1995||Dr. Arnold Penzias, Nobel Laureate
|1994||Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan
NOAA Chief Scientist and Astronaut
|1993||Dr. Richard E. Smalley, Nobel Laureate
|1992||Dr. Michael F. Shlesinger
Director of Physics, Office of Naval Research
|1991||Dr. John H. Conway
|1990||Dr. Richard Hamming
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
|1989||Dr. Robert Ballard
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
|1988||Dr. Stirling A. Colgate
|1987||Dr. James A. Watson, Nobel Laureate
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
|1986||Dr. Ronald L. Graham
|1985||Admiral Grace Hopper
United States Navy
|1984||Honorable James M. Beggs
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
|1983||Dr. Arthur L. Schawlow, Nobel Laureate
|1982||Dr. Charles H. Townes, Nobel Laureate
University of California at Berkeley
|1981||Dr. Herbert C. Brown, Nobel Laureate
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