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Eminent Astrophysicist Sir Ian Axford to Visit UCR

Eminent Astrophysicist Sir Ian Axford to Visit UCR

(January 14, 2002)

The University of California, Riverside's College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is proud to announce that Sir Ian Axford, one of the world's leading astrophysicists, will visit the university's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) for three months starting this month. At UCR, Sir Ian will conduct research with Prof. Gary Zank, director of the IGPP, and is expected to be a visiting scientist each winter quarter at the institute for the next five years.

Sir Ian Axford, director emeritus of Germany's Max-Planck Institute for Aeronomy, is a pioneer in solar-terrestrial sciences as well as the interstellar medium, making significant contributions in the fields of plasma physics and space physics on subjects that include planetary science, comets, the heliosphere, the magnetosphere, solar physics, supernova remnants, and cosmic rays.

'Sir Ian is a scientist of enormous influence in the field,' said Zank. 'Many of his ideas of 30-40 years ago still stimulate astrophysicists and research today, and his most recent work will continue to have an enduring influence. We are delighted that he will be with us this quarter.'

A reception for Sir Ian will take place at 3 p.m. in Room 3035, Physics Building, on 25 January 2002. Guests at the reception will include Chancellor Orbach, Executive Vice Chancellor Warren, Dean Angle and Associate Dean Poon of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Further details on the reception for Sir Ian Axford can be obtained from Barbara Badarak, management services officer, IGPP/department of earth sciences.

'This is Sir Ian's first visit to UCR,' said Zank. 'We will be working on several problems, including the energization of cosmic rays, the interaction of the heliosphere with the interstellar medium, as well as beginning work on a book project.'

Sir Ian was named Scientist of the Year (New Zealand) in 1995 and was knighted the following year. Later this quarter, he will give a public lecture at UCR on his research, details of which will be announced soon.

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