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Scottish scientists and MSPs meet as IOP presents Highers awards

Scottish scientists and MSPs meet as IOP presents Highers awards

21 November 2016

Chief scientist for Scotland Professor Sheila Rowan was among the keynote speakers at an event on 9 November when scientists met Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and the IOP presented awards to the top-scoring candidates in this year’s Highers exams

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The fourteenth Lunchtime Rendezvous of the Seniors' Group in Glasgow
will take place on Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 10am-15pm in the University of Glasgow

The next lecture in the IOPS Aberdeen Public Lecture Series
will be on Monday 5 December 2016 at Robert Gordon's College, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, AB10 1FE

The next lecture in the IOPS Edinburgh Public Lecture Series
will be on Tuesday 6 December at 7.30 pm in the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh

IOPS Aberdeen Public Lecture Series
The next lecture in the IOPS Aberdeen Public Lecture Series will be on Monday 7th November 2016 at Robert Gordon’s College, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, AB10 1FE

There will be an event on Physics, Intellectual Property, and Brexit
On Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 18:00 – 20:00 at Marks & Clerk, 6 Canning Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EG

Ninth Lunchtime Rendezvous of the Seniors' Group in Aberdeen
The ninth Lunchtime Rendezvous of the Seniors' Group in Aberdeen will take place on Friday, 28 October 2016, 10:30 – 16:30 in Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

IOP Scotland member is recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours
Congratulations are due to Professor John Campbell BROWN, FRSE Astronomer Royal for Scotland who has been award an OBE for services to the Promotion of Astronomy and Science Education.

Prize winners announced for Reflections on Light competition
Young people from across Scotland were presented with prizes for winning an Institute of Physics competition in a ceremony at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 13 June 2016.


5 December

  • 1863 Birth of Paul Painlevé, who introduced a coordinate system, used in general relativity, which showed that the Schwarzchild Radius is a coordinate singularity rather than a real breaking-down of the theory
  • 1868 Birth of Arnold Sommerfeld, nominated a record 81 times for the Nobel Prize in Physics without ever winning
  • 1901 Birth of Werner Heisenberg, who formulated the uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1932
  • 1903 Birth of Cecil Frank Powell, awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize for his technique to study nuclear process and his discovery of the pion
  • 1907 Birth of Guiseppe Occhialini, the Italian physicist who contributed to the discovery of the pion and after whom an IOP award is named
  • 1932 Birth of Sheldon Lee Glashow, awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize for his work on electroweak theory

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