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A Life of Two Halves: Bruno Pontecorvo - Mr Neutrino... and spy?

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18:30 – 19:30 10 Dec 2014
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Room G.33, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6HB

Speakers: Professor Frank Close, Physics Department, University of Oxford

Neutrino astronomy, the separate identities of electron and muon, the universal weak interaction and even the birth of the standard model of particles and forces itself can all be credited to Bruno Pontecorvo, a brilliant nuclear physicist who disappeared through the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War. This decision, which split his life into two almost equal halves, probably cost him a share of at least one Nobel Prize. As a student of Enrico Fermi he had discovered the key to nuclear power and atomic weapons. Learn about the mystery that surrounded his sudden disappearance, his immense value to the Soviet Union, how he missed the Nobel Prize and, for the first time, learn the resolution of a 60 year old mystery: why did he flee so suddenly and what did Kim Philby know?
"Half Life" will be published in February 2015 by OneWorld Publications (UK) and Basic Books (USA)

Talks start at 18.30 with tea and coffee available from 18.00. All are welcome and all our talks are free to attend.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP Manchester and District Branch
Contact details: Dr Christie Theodorakou: christie.theodorakou@christie.nhs.uk

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18:30 – 19:30 10 Dec 2014
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