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That Physics and related disciplines flourish today at Cornell is due in large measure to the vision and example of one man:  Hans Albrecht Bethe.  He has trained scores of young scientists who have gone on to make important contributions of their own and he wrote reviews of nuclear and atomic physics that became the bible of a generation of researchers.

Hans A. Bethe joined Cornell’s faculty in 1936, and his research extended across fields as diverse as the quantum theory of solids and the nuclear processes that power the sun, receiving the Nobel Prize for the latter work in 1967.

Bethe retired from Cornell after forty years on the physics faculty.  To honor and commemorate his service to Cornell, the University established an endowed Lectureship in his name in 1977.  This lectureship will bring to Cornell distinguished persons working in physics to enrich and stimulate the intellectual atmosphere of the University in the manner that Hans Bethe did throughout his career.

See below for current lecture information. 




Bethe Lectures

Fall 2017 Bethe Lecturer

October 16-18, 2017

Professor Margaret Murnane

University of Colorado

Schedule of Talks

Monday, October 16 – Department of Physics Colloquium
4:00 pm – Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall
Science at the Timescale of the Electron:  Coherent X-ray Beams from Tabletop Femtosecond Lasers

Tuesday, October 17 – LASSP & AEP Seminar
4:00 pm – 700 Clark Hall
Capturing the Fastest Charge and Spin Dynamics in Nanosystems using Tabletop High Harmonic Beams

Wednesday, October 18 – Public Lecture
7:30 pm – Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall
Harnessing Quantum Light Science for Tabletop X-Ray Lasers with Applications in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology