The image shows a black and white image of Oppenheimer, and three portraits in colour of our guest speakers

Oppenheimer - making history through physics

09 Dec 2023
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Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
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Oppenheimer - making history through physics

This event has sold out.

Look out for the recording on our YouTube channel coming shortly after.


We are delighted to welcome guest speakers, who will present about 20 minutes each, sharing different aspects of the life of Oppenheimer and how he made history through physics. There will be a reception with mince pies and drinks and the event will conclude with a fantastic panel discussion where the speakers and other senior academics, will welcome questions from the audience.

We hope that this will be a fun and educational event for the whole family (young people aged 14+ accompanied by an adult are most welcome), general public and alumni. No knowledge of physics is required.

2.00 - 2.15 Welcome message Professors Ian Shipsey and Tony Weidberg
2.15 - 2.35 Dr Georg Viehhauser: Nuclear Physics and the development of the bomb
2.35 - 2.55 Dr Robert Johnson: Was there a strategic alternative to the atomic bombing?
3.00 - 3.30 Mince pies and drinks reception
3.40 - 4.00 Prof Stephen Blundell: Oxford Physics and the “remote and speculative project”
4.05 - 5.00 Q&A and panel discussion*
5.00           End of event

So far, confirmed panellists are: Prof Tony Weidberg, Dr Georg Viehauser, Dr Robert Johnson, Prof Stephen Blundell, Prof Frank Close, and Prof Steven Rose.

We will be live streaming this event for those who have registered to watch online, and the event will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel in the coming days.  


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