Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the William Nierenberg family will honor acclaimed astrophysicist Lord Martin Rees as the 2015 Recipient of the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest at a free public lecture on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. at the Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science Society and the Environment.
A limited number of tickets for this event are available at 2015nierenbergprize.eventbrite.com.
Lord Rees, an award-winning British astrophysicist who has made numerous contributions to our understanding of black holes, cosmology, and space science, was appointed to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords in 2005. He has been the Astronomer Royal since 1995 and served as president of the Royal Society from 2005 to 2010. He currently belongs to numerous foreign academies as well as many bodies connected with education, space research, arms control, and international collaboration in science. His books include Before the Beginning, From Here to Infinity: Scientific Horizons, and, in progress, What We Still Don’t Know. Since Lord Rees’s book Our Final Century? was published, he has been concerned with threats stemming from humanity’s ever-heavier footprint on the global environment. He considers himself “a concerned member of the human race” as he continues to examine our planet from a cosmic perspective.
The Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest was created and is supported by the Nierenberg family to honor the memory of William A. Nierenberg, who was director of Scripps for 21 years. A bronze medal and a $25,000 prize are awarded each year for outstanding contributions to science in the public interest.
Previous Nierenberg Prize winners include: Michael Pollan (2014); James Cameron (2013); Daniel Pauly (2012); Ira Flatow (2010); Richard Dawkins (2009); James Hansen (2008); and Craig Venter (2007).
More information about the prize and a list of past recipients is available here.