CSES Centenary Lectures: Marconi and the Invisible Universe by Danielle George MBE

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Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:30 - 16:30

Venue: Anglia Ruskin University (Sal 001)  |  City: Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Speaker: Prof Danielle George MBE FIET

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This special Centenary Lecture is one of a series of talks taking place throughout 2020 to celebrate 100 years of Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society.

Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering at The University of Manchester, will talk about the impact of Marconi on the world of Radio Astronomy and the new age of instrumentation: The Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) and the Internet of Things (IoT). The potential of the IoT and discoveries made by the SKA and ALMA will widen the scope and profound implications of Marconi's work.

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Danielle completed her BSc in Astrophysics, MSc in Radio Astronomy and her PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She worked at Jodrell Bank Observatory as a Radio Frequency Engineer until 2006 when she took up a lectureship in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester. She was awarded a Professorship at the age of 38 and appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen's honours list for services to engineering through public engagement. In 2016 she received the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal for services to engineering and in 2017 received the Harold Hartley Medal for outstanding contribution to the field of Measurement and Control. In 2018 she was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Medal for excellence in communicating science to the public.

Danielle's research is dedicated to solving one the 14 world engineering grand challenges of the 21st century: engineering the tools for scientific discovery. Her expertise in radio frequency engineering and microwave communications is applicable to broad range of scientific and industrial sectors. To date her research has focused on delivering class-leading ultra-low-noise receivers for Space and Aerospace applications. She is involved in the $1bn astronomical instrument, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), is the UK lead for amplifiers for the $1bn Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope and has worked with NASA and ESA on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang. Her most recent work on broadband amplifier design at 116 GHz is pushing the very limits of semiconductor technology.

Television appearances include:

  • BBC Four Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer 2014 Sparks Will Fly: How to Hack Your Home
  • BBC Four Television's Opening Night: How the Box was Born
  • BBC Four Timewatch: Disasters
  • BBC Four Rise of the Robots
  • BBC Two Search for a New Earth with Professor Stephen Hawking
  • BBC Two Horizon Avalanche: Making a Deadly Snowstorm
  • BBC One North West Nation of Inventors

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Refreshments will be available before the talk from 19:00.

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  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:30 - 16:30