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Annual Lectures

The Annual Einstein Memorial Lectures

In 1979, following the international symposium held at the Academy in March of that year to commemorate the centennial of Albert Einstein’s birth, the Academy Council decided to establish a series of distinguished memorial lectures in the natural sciences, to be delivered annually on or around Einstein’s birthday on March 14. Past lecturers have included several Nobel Laureates.
Since Einstein´s interests, activities and influence were not restricted to theoretical physics but spanned many areas relating to society and the welfare of humankind, it was felt that the memorial lectures should be addressed to a broad audience of scientists, scholars and educated laypersons and not only to specialists in physics.
 
Recent Albert Einstein Memorial Lectures
 
2019
Prof. Peter Sarnak
Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
 
2018
Prof. David Reitze
Executive Director of LIGO Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Professor of Physics, University of Florida
LIGO: Revealing the Violent and Extremely Relativistic Universe through Gravitational Waves
 
2017
Prof. Edvard Ingjald Moser
Founding Director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Co-Director of Centre for Neural Computation, Norway; Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine for the year 2014
 
2016
Prof. Chi-Huey Wong, President of the Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
 
2015
Prof. Terence Tao, UCLA
"Can the Navier–Stokes Equations Blow Up in Finite Time?"
 
2014
Prof. Peter Goldreich, Institute for Advanced Study
"Exoplanets: What We have Learned and What We Hope to Discover"
 
2013
Prof. Nora Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse
"Addiction in the Human Brain: Loss of Balance between Neuronal Circuits"
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