The Temple Chevallier series of occasional public lectures honours a remarkable Victorian clergyman, astronomer, and mathematician of international repute who, amongst many things, co-founded and taught Britain’s first course for civil engineers.
Watch the video of the lecture below
The 2023 Temple Chevallier lecture is open to all and this year took place on Wednesday 15 November in the Appleby Lecture Theatre (room W103) at 4.30pm. The lecture was titled 'The End is Not Yet Nigh: The Ultimate Fate of the Universe' and covered some concepts from major religions, and the modern cosmologists' latest theories of how all things might end.
Delivering this years lecture was Professor Martin Ward, Emeritus Temple Chevallier Professor of Astronomy in the Department of Physics here at Durham.
Prof Martin Ward is currently the Temple Chevallier Chair of Astronomy. He has previously held positions at Cambridge, Oxford and Leicester, before coming to Durham in 2004.
He is an observational astrophysicist whose research interests include black holes and quasars. He was a consultant for the European Space Agency and is involved in the next generation Hubble Telescope project.
He is interested in science public outreach, and has been a guest on Patrick Moore’s “The Sky at Night”, and Melvyn Bragg’s “In Our Time”.