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B M Birla Memorial Lecture Series

B M Birla Memorial Lecture Series

The B M Birla Memorial Lecture Series was instituted by the B M Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad more than two decades ago. The idea has been to give an opportunity to the larger scientific community to get exposure to some of the greatest scientific minds in the world.

Some of the eminent scientists who have delivered the B M Birla Memorial Lecture include Sir Fred Hoyle, Nobel laureates — Professors William Fowler, Abdus Salam, Lord George Porter, Anthony Hewish, Norman Ramsey, Aarun Klug, Ilya Prigogine, Werner Arber, Klus Von Klitzing, Roald Hoffmann, Charles Townes, Gerard ‘t Hooft, Steven Chu, James Watson, Harold Kroto, Douglas D Osheroff, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, John Kendrew, Robert Curl, Prof. William D. Phillips and Prof. Anthony J. Leggett.

The topics of the lectures by these eminent Nobel Prize recipients and Scientists are as follows:

B M Birla Memorial and Birla Distinguished Lectures by Nobel Laureates
  • PROF. ABDUS SALAM – “Astro Particle Physics” – 17 May, 1989.
  • PROF. WILLIAM FOWLER – “The Early Universe” – 15 March, 1990.
  • PROF. S. VAN DER MEER – “The Long-Term Future of Particle Accelerators” – 17 March, 1990.
  • PROF. LORD GEORGE PORTER – “Energy and Evolution” – 18 January, 1993.
  • PROF. ANTONY HEWISH – “The Wonders of Pulsars” – 15 November, 1993.
  • PROF. WERNER ARBER – “DNA Rearrangements in Escheriche Coli” – 14 January, 1994.
  • PROF. NORMAN RAMSEY JR. – “Time and the Physical Universe” – 24 March, 1994.
  • SIR JOHN KENDREW – 1994.
  • PROF. ILYA PRIGOGINE – “Time, Chaos and the Laws of Nature” – 27 December, 1995.
  • PROF. PIERRE DE GENNES – “Bubbles, Foams and Other Fragile Objects” – 6 February, 1996.
  • PROF. NORMAN BORLAUG – “The Green Revolution” – 06 February, 1996.
  • PROF. AARON KLUG – “Regulation of Gene Expression” – 18 December, 1996.
  • PROF. JAMES WATSON – “Genes and Politics” – 27 November, 1997.
  • THE DALAI LAMA – Special Lecture on – “Sprituality, Atomism and Neural Brain Research” – 26 December, 1997.
  • PROF. ROALD HOFFMAN – “Chemistry: Its Essential Tensions” – 5 January, 1998.
  • PROF. KLAUS VON KLITZING – “New Developments in Microelectronics” – 5 March, 1999.
  • PROF. GERARD ‘T HOOFT – “A Confrontation with Infinity” – 9 December, 2000.
  • PROF. STEVEN CHU – “Holding on to Atoms and Bio-Molecules with Light” – 10 December, 2000.
  • PROF. CHARLES TOWNES – “The Creative and Unpredictable Interaction of Science and Technology” – 8 January, 2003.
  • PROF. HAROLD WALTER KROTO – “Nano Molecules” – 28 October, 2004.
  • PROF. DOUGLAS D OSHEROFF – “The Nature of Discovery in Physics” – 26 September, 2005.
  • PROF. CLAUDE COHEN-TANNOUDJI – “Manipulating Atoms with Light” – 06 December, 2006.
  • PROF. ROBERT F. CURL JR – “Brief Address to B M Birla Science Prize Awardees and scientists” – 31 December, 2007.
  • PROF. WILLIAM PHILLIPS – “Quantum Information: A Scientific Revolution for the Twenty First Century” – 20 January, 2010.
  • PROF. ANTHONY J LEGGETT – “Why Can’t Time Run Backwards” – 01 February, 2010.
  • PROF. EI-ICHI NEGISHI – “Address to B M Birla Science Prize Awardees and Scientists” – 09 January, 2013.
  • PROF. VENKATRAMAN RAMAKRISHNAN – “Antibiotics and the Cell’s Protein Factory” – 21 December, 2013.
B M Birla Memorial Lectures by Eminent Scientists
  • SIR FRED HOYLE – “Fifty Years of Cosmology” – 27 February, 1987.
  • PROF. PHILIP MORRISON – “Tales of the Deep Past, and Why We Believe Them” – 23 January, 1989.
  • SIR HERMAN BONDI – “Science as an Adventure” – 06 February, 1990.