W. S. Jardetzky Lecture

 

The Jardetzky lecture in geophysics honors the late Wenceslas S. Jardetzky, a renowned researcher and educator whose flourishing scientific career in Europe was halted by World War II and revived after he emigrated to the United States. From 1949 until his death in 1962, he was a research associate at Lamont-Doherty, where he collaborated with Frank Press, former president of the National Academy of Sciences, and Maurice Ewing, Lamont- Doherty's founder, on a well-known and widely used scientific book, Wave Propagation in Layered Media.

Dr. Jardetzky's broad scope of scientific interests also included celestial mechanics, fluid dynamics, theoretical physics, seismology and the migration of the poles. A principal contribution to science was his mathematical theory on zonal rotation, which provided a mechanism for the migration of continents.

The Jardetzky lecture was established in 1992 by Dr. Jardetzky's son Oleg, who is the founder of the Magnetic Resonance Laboratory and professor of molecular pharmacology at Stanford University. In endowing the lectureship, Dr. Jardetzky said he hoped it would "help enrich the outstanding tradition of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, which provided a much cherished intellectual home to my father after he emigrated to this country."

 

 

 

 

 

2016 LECTURE

Date: May 6, 2016, 3:30 p.m., Monell Auditorium
Lecturer: Peter Molnar, University of Colorado, Boulder

Title: Laurentide Ice sheets, the Emergence of the Isthmus of Panamá, and the Great American Biotic Interchange: A Red Herring Inserted Between Climatic Cause and Biological Effect

2015 LECTURE

Date: February 13, 2015
Lecturer: Roger G. Bilham, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder

Title: The Southern Edge of the Eurasian plate: A Fatal Blend of Earthquakes and Corruption

2014 LECTURE

Date: March 7, 2014
Lecturer: Jerry X. Mitrovica, Harvard University; Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

Title: Postmodern Geophysics and Ice Age Climate

2013 LECTURE

Date: May 9, 2013
Lecturer: John P. Grotzinger, California Institute of Technology

Title: Curiosity's Mission at Gale Crater, Mars

2012 LECTURE

Date: April 5, 2013
Lecturer: Ellen Mosley-Thompson, The Ohio State University

Title: Past and Contemporary Climate Change:
Evidence from Earth’s Ice Cover

2010 LECTURE

Date: October 22, 2010
Lecturer: Stephen R. Rintoul, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research

Title: The Global Influence of the Southern Ocean

2009 LECTURE

Date: October 2, 2009
Lecturer: Sallie W. Chisholm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Title: Too Small to See, Too Big to Ignore: What Prochlorococcus Has Taught Me About Life and
the Ocean

2008 LECTURE

Date: May 16, 2008
Lecturer: Donald Forsyth, Brown University

Title: Seismological Observations of Small-Scale Convection in the Mantle from the East Pacific Rise to California

2007 LECTURE

Date: May 11, 2007
Lecturer: Inez Fung, University of California, Berkeley

Title: Changing Carbon Cycle and Accelerating Climate Change

2006 LECTURE

Date: September 22, 2006
Lecturer: Barbara Romanowicz, University of California, Berkeley

Title: The Origin of the Earth's "hum": Bridging The Gap Between Seismology And Oceanography

2005 LECTURE

Date: May 12, 2005
Lecturer: Nicolas Gruber, University of California, Los Angeles

Title: Recent Insights IntoThe Anthropogenic Perturbation of the Global Carbon Cycle

2003 LECTURE

Date: September 5, 2003
Lecturer: lan Levander, Rice University, Houston TX

Title: Imag(in)ing The Continental Lithosphere

2002 LECTURE

Date: February 2, 2002
Lecturer: David Karl, University of Hawaii

Title: A Sea Of Change: Decade - Scale Biogeochemical Variability In The North Pacific Subtropical Gyre

2000 LECTURE

Date: November 3, 2000
Lecturer: Veerabhadran Ramanathan, University of California, San Diego

Title: A Climate: Do We Really Understand How We are Changing it?

1999 LECTURE

Date: November 18, 1999
Lecturer: John Delaney, University of Washington

Title: Submarine Research In The 21st Century: A Fiber Optic Telescope To Inner Space

1998 LECTURE

Date: March 30, 1998
Lecturer: Peter Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Gardens

Title: Biogeography, Biodiversity and Human Futures

1996 LECTURE

Date: November 18, 1996
Lecturer: Nick Shackleton, Godwin Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Title: Climate Cyclicity On Geological Timescales

1995 LECTURE

Date: November 16, 1995
Lecturer: Dan McKenzie, Bullard Laboratories, University of Cambridge

Title: Thirty Years As A Geophysicist, Or Why We Now All Have To Become Geochemists

1994 LECTURE

Date: November 17, 1994
Lecturer: Sean Solomon, Director, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science

Title: The Geophysical Evolution Of Venue: Why Does Earth's Sister Planet Bear So Llittle Family Resemblance?

1993 LECTURE

Date: September 24, 1993
Lecturer: Ted Irving, University of Victoria

Title: Rhododendrons, Plate Tectonics And Global Climate Change

1992 LECTURE

Date: December 1, 1992
Lecturer: Frank Press, President, National Academy of Sciences

Title: Can Scientists Provide Credible Advice In Washington?