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Nobel Prize Winner Speaks March 2

Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series Continues March 2 at UC Riverside

2003 Nobelist Anthony Leggett to Talk About Quantum Mechanics and the Real World

(February 24, 2005)

Anthony J. Leggett

Anthony J. Leggett

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Anthony J. Leggett, a Nobel Prize recipient in physics, is the second of three speakers in the inaugural Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of California, Riverside. His presentation, “Does the Everyday World Really Obey Quantum Mechanics,” will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 in the Arts building Performance Lab.

Leggett is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair and the Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His talk will be followed by a faculty panel discussion featuring UC Riverside professors Emory Elliott from the Department of English; John Baez from the Department of Mathematics; and Chandra Varma from the Department of Physics.

Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work on superfluidity, Leggett is widely recognized as a world leader in the theory of low-temperature physics.

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series started with former poet laureate Robert Pinsky on Feb. 3, and it will end with Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland, at 6 p.m. Friday, April 1.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the distinguished lecture series will become an annual event featuring personalities from the letters, the sciences, the arts and other sectors of society. It was conceived to stimulate the region’s intellectual community, to inspire students to think beyond the lecture hall and lab, and to involve members of the community in the academic life of the UCR campus. The theme this year is, “Imagining the Future.”

“We are fortunate to attract three such remarkable individuals to UCR,” said Chancellor France A. Córdova. “Our goal is for the community at large to join our faculty, students, and staff in this opportunity to gain new insights into the worlds of poetry, physics, and politics through the eyes of these world-renowned experts.”

In addition to formal public presentations, each visit by a distinguished lecturer will include associated events, such as seminars with undergraduate and graduate students and visits with faculty.

Anthony J. Leggett received the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work on superfluidity. He is currently the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been on the faculty in Illinois since 1983. He is widely recognized as a world leader in the theory of low-temperature physics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among many other honors.

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland and more recently United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. An attorney and law professor at Trinity College, Dublin, she currently chairs the Council of Women World Leaders and is a member of the Global Commission on International Migration. As Ireland’s President between 1990 and 1997, she earned a 93 percent approval rating from the Irish people for her integrity and compassion towards people who needed help, and for her ability to treat people on all sides of an issue with respect. Now based in New York, Robinson is leading the Ethical Globalization Initiative, affiliated with Columbia University. She has won many awards, and holds honorary doctorates from over 40 universities around the world.

Robert Pinsky served as the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, completing a three-year term in April, 2000. He currently teaches at Boston University and is poetry editor of the online journal Slate. Pinsky’s most recent collection of poetry, Jersey Rain, was published in April 2000. An earlier work, The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Dr. Ellen Pinsky.

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