Bryan Priestman Memorial Lecture Series

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The Bryan Priestman Memorial Lecture Series were established in 1946 to commemorate Bryan Priestman, a professor of physics at UNB who died in 1945 while attempting to save a boy from drowning in the Saint John River.

Date Name of Lecturer Title of Lecture(s)
21 January 1952

22 January 22 January

Harlow Shapley "The Effect of Science on National Boundaries"

"The Cosmos" "Advanced Problems in Astronomy"

4 March 1953

5 March 6 March

James A. Corry "Civil Liberties in Trying Times"

"Fair Hopes for Democracy" "The Demands of Democracy

31 March 1954

1 April 2 April

George Wald "The Origin of Life"

"Atoms and Organisms" "Biochemical Evolution"

2 March 1955

3 March 4 March

George Gamow "Evolution of the Stars"

"Origin of the Universe" "Biochemical Evolution"

18 April 1956

19 April 20 April

J.H. Quastel "Influence of Biochemistry on Modern Life"

"Chemical Activities of the Soil" "Action of Drugs on Enzyme Systems"

21 October 1957

22 October 23 October

Linus Pauling "Molecules in Relation to Disease"

"The Structure of Proteins" "Science in the Modern World"

18 February 1959

19 February 20 February

John Tuzo Wilson "Results of the International Geophysical Year"

"Mountain Building and Continental Growth" "Radioactive Methods of Determining the Age of the Earth and Rocks"

24 February 1960

25 February 26 February

Robert Watson-Watt "Scientists and Statesmen"

"Physics Is Not Enough" "Radar's Birthday"

11 March 1963

12 March 13 March

H.L. Keenleyside "The World Around Us"

"Race, Colour, and the Commonwealth" "Democracy and Canada"

9 March 1964

10 March 11 March

Sydney Fox "Theories of Biochemical Origins"

"Experimental Geosynthesis and the Origin of Cells" "Modern Extensions of Evolutionary Theory"

29 March 1965

30 March 31 March

Philip Morrison "Like a Plain in Bohemia"

"The Plurality of Worlds" "A Discriminating Search"

2 November 1966

3 November 4 November

Har Gobind Khorana "Nucleic Acid Synthesis"

"Genetic Code I" "Genetic Code II"

24 March 1969

25 March 26 March

John Wheeler "The End of Time"

"The Strange Nature of Einstein's Space" "Our Universe: The Known and the Unknown"

20 January 1970

21 January 22 January

Edward Bullard "The Rocks Beneath the Ocean"

"The Earth's Magnetic Field" "The New Geology: Ridges, Plates and Trenches"

2 November 1970

3 November 4 November

Zdenek Kopal "Fundamental Properties of the Moon and its Internal Structure"

"Surface of the Moon and its Composition" "Age and Evolution of the Moon"

20 March 1972

21 March 22 March

Robert C. Gallo "Tumor viruses, theories of viral oncogenesis and relevance to man"

"Reverse transcriptase: the DNA polymerase of oncogenic RNA viruses" "The Leukemic Cell"

18 March 1974

19 March 20 March

Gerhard Herzberg "The Space Between the Stars"

"Spectra of Molecular Ions" "Experimental Tessets of the Quantium Theory of Molecular Hydrogen"

29 March 1976

30 March 31 March

Matthew S. Meselson "The Replication and Mutation of DNA - mutation and cancer"

"Recombination and Rearrangement of Genes" "The Eukaryotic Gene - Why is it so large?"

17 October 1977

18 October 19 October

William S. Fyfe "Global Resources: The Evolution of the Earth's Crust"

"Fluid motion, Chemical Transport and Ore Deposits" "Geosphere Interaction; Global Mixing"

1978 - 1979 None
17 March 1980

18 March 19 March

William Nunn Lipscomb "How do Enzymes Work?"

"Regulatory Processes at the Molecular Level in Proteins and Enzymes" "Boranes and Carboranes"

19 October 1981

20 October 20 October

Rosalyn Yalow "Radioactivity in the Service of Man"

"Radiation: Are There Safe Levels?" "An Introduction to Radioimmunoassay"

19 September 1983

20 September 21 September

Arthur L. Schawlow "Lasers and their Uses"

"Spectroscopy in a New Light" "Frontiers in Laser Spectroscopy"

15 October 1986

16 October 16 October

Ursula Franklin "Archaeometry, A New Interdisciplinary Field"

"Cooperative Research Among Scientists, Archaeologists and Historians: What Happens in Real Life" "Women's Contributions in Science and Technology"

6 October 1988

7 October

John Polanyi "Groping Towards Discovery"

"New Directions in Reaction Dynamics"

7 February 1990

8 February 9 February

F. Kenneth Hare "Nature Under Attack: Learning How To Survive"

"The Preservation of Nature: The Role of the Changing Climate" "Energy Options: Public Safety and Environmental Changes"

17 October 1990

18 October 19 October

Ronald L. Graham "Computers and Mathematics: Coping with Finiteness"

"The Shortest Network Problem" "Quasi-random Graphs"

16 October 1991

17 October 18 October

John Maynard Smith "The Evolution of Sex"

"The Major Transitions in Evolutions" "The Evolution of Bacteria: Does Sex Matter?"

8 October 1992

9 October

Roger Penrose "Computability and the Mind"

"Magic Dodecahedra and the Mystery of Quantum Entanglement"

14 April 1994

15 April

Rudolph Marcus "Life in Science: Interaction of Theory and Experiment"

"Electron Transfer Reactions in Chemistry and Biology"

14 November 1994

15 November

Eugene Shoemaker "Large-body Impacts Are a Cause for Mass Extinctions"

"The Crash of Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on Jupiter"

30 October 1995

31 October

John H. Conway "Calendar Calisthenics"

"The Symmetries of Things"

17 October 1997

18 October

Michael Smith "Chemistry and Genetics"

"The First Stages of DNA Sequencing in the Human Genome Project"

20 May 1999

21 May

Harrison Hagan Schmitt "Back to the Moon and Beyond"

Untitled technical lecture

13 September 2006

14 September 15 September

Harold Kroto "Science, Society and Sustainability"

"Enlightenment Under Threat - Can it Be Saved by the Internet?" "Architecture in NanoSpace"

18 September 2012 Christopher J. Wild "It's a Great Story, but is it True?"


  • UA Case 208.
  • UNB Scrapbook (UA RG 100), 1 January - 31 March 1969.
  • UNB Scrapbook (UA RG 100), 1 March - 30 April 1974.

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