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Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
22-26 August 2011, Porto, Portugal


A Tour Of Our Universe
Charles (Chuck) Bennett (Johns Hopkins University)

From the beginning of recorded human history we have longed to comprehend the cosmos. Once thought to be an exercise limited to armchair philosophy, it is remarkable the degree to which modern scientific measurements in just the last decade have provided rigorous observational data. Stunning progress has made based on these new measurements, resulting in a robust understanding of many of the key aspects of our universe. The universe turns out to be stranger than we had imagined.
This public lecture will share our modern view of the universe: what we think we know, how we know it, and a description of the current research frontiers.


Short Bio
Dr. Chuck Bennett is a cosmologist Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in the U.S. He is the leader of the NASA's highly successful Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) space mission, which has helped quantify many key properties of the universe, including its age, the dark matter and dark energy content, and expansion rate. He is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences and was awarded their Henry Draper Medal and Comstock Prize in Physics. Bennett is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He has also received international recognition, winning the the Harvey Prize and sharing the Gruber Cosmology Prize and the Shaw Prize in Astronomy.