Bethe Lecture Series

Hans Bethe

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.  Please visit CornellCast to see videos of past lectures. 

Bethe Lectures

Wendy L. Freedman
Wendy L. Freedman

Wendy L. Freedman, John and Marion Sullivan University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College
The University of Chicago

March 20-22, 2023

Monday, March 20, 2023
4:00 pm, Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall
The Hubble Tension: Is There a Crisis in Cosmology?

LEPP Seminar
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
4:00 pm, 700 Clark Hall
Measuring the Hubble Constant:  Stress-Testing the Standard Cosmological Model

Public Lecture (the in-person lecture is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join the lecture via the Livestream link below as well)
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
7:30 pm, Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall
How Fast is the Universe Expanding?
Cornell Video Livestream: