SAVILE SCIENCE – ARE WE ALONE? THE SEARCH FOR LIFE BEYOND EARTH BY: IAN MORRISON

This talk will first discuss where we might find life elsewhere in our own Solar System and then how we might detect the presence of simple life on nearby Planets in other Solar Systems. With SETI (The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) now being undertaken, there could be a chance of learning of the presence of other advanced civilisations in our Galaxy. To conclude, Ian will give his own views on how likely it is that other life forms, simple and advanced, will be found. Perhaps our human race is rather special?

Ian is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy and is now in his 53rd year at Jodrell Bank Observatory. The International Astronomical Union has named an Asteroid (number: 15727) in his honour citing his work at the Observatory and communication with the public. In 2007, he was appointed to the post of Gresham Professor of Astronomy and, for four years, held the oldest chair of Astronomy in the World, dating back to 1597 and once held by Christopher Wren. Ian is the author of many astronomical articles, most recently for the journal, Nature. He has also written a University Textbook and three books for amateur astronomers, published by Cambridge University Press. He is a past President of the UK’s Society for Popular Astronomy and a founder member and now Patron of the Macclesfield Astronomical Society.

Chairman: Savilian Ken Allen