THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY IS IRELAND'S LEADING BODY OF EXPERTS IN THE SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

Watch 'Astronomy and Poetry' Discourse

25 November 2020

You can now watch the recent Academy Discourse by Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Hon. MRIA which was sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran LLP.

Many poets over the ages have written poems with an astronomical theme, starting with the Moon and moving out to more distant objects. In this talk she discusses the kinds of astronomical objects or events have attracted the attention of poets.

Due to copyright permissions the readings of the featured poems kindly read by volunteers have had to be been removed from this video.

About the speaker

Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge, opening up a new branch of astrophysics - work recognised by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor. She has subsequently worked in many roles in many branches of astronomy, working part-time while raising a family. She is now an Academic Visitor in Oxford, and Chancellor of the University of Dundee, and was (the first female) President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh – Scotland’s National Academy. Much in demand as a speaker and broadcaster, in her spare time she gardens, listens to choral music and is active in the Quakers. She has co-edited an anthology of poetry with an astronomical theme – ‘Dark Matter; Poems of Space’.

Please join our twitter conversation using #RIAaccess2experts.The Academy Discourse Series is sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran LLP.

Stay up to date with the Royal Irish Academy newsletter

Sign up now