As a spotty sixth-former during the 1970s, Richard became interested in the arguments and discoveries that guided humankind's understanding of light through three centuries from Newton to the days of the laser. That initial interest led him into a career that has touched on atomic physics and spectroscopy, laser physics, electromagnetic sensing , and other applications of light.
In this talk, he'll trace some of those early arguments and discoveries and try to show why he found them sufficiently interesting to embark on a physics career. The talk examines the individuals concerned, their personalities and the interactions between them as much as the physics that they discovered.
Coffee and tea from 7.00pm