Lyne Starling Trimble Science Heritage Public Lectures

The Lyne Starling Trimble Science Heritage Public Lecture Series features prominent science historians and writers who highlight the important roles that science plays in modern society and culture.

Funded by a generous donation from Dr. Virginia Trimble, the lecture series is named after her late father, Dr. Lyne Starling Trimble (1912–1992) who held patents for a number of color-reproduction systems and was an innovative chemist. The series was first endowed at $100,000 by Dr. Trimble, and the Physics Heritage & Promise campaign aims to support and increase sustainability by further endowing the series at $500,000.

Upcoming Lectures:

Past Lectures:

  • "A Bridge too Far? The Demise of the Superconducting Super Collider"
    Presented by Micahel Riordan
    Tuesday,May 17, 2016
    The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD
  • "Physicists as Diplomats: US-China Scientific Exchanges from Arms Control to Climate Change"
    Presented by Zuoyue Wang
    Wednesday March 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
    The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD
  • "Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters"
    Presented by Kate Brown
    Thursday, February 18th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
    The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD
  • "Einstein's Legacy: Studying Gravity in War and Peace"
    Presented by David Kaiser
    Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
    Reception at 6:30 p.m. and talk at 7:00 p.m.
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum,  Cambridge, MA 02139
  • "Stanford Ovshinsky and the Creation of the Nickel Metal Hydride Battery"
    Speaker: Lillian Hoddeson, Fermilab Historian and Winner of the 2012 Abraham Pais Prize
    Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.
    The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD
  • "The Science of Optics; The History of Art"
    Speaker: Charles M. Falco, College of Optical Sciences and Department of Physics, University of Arizona, Tucson
    March 26, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
    The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD
  • "Atomic Tracings: Radioisotopes in Science and Medicine"
    Speaker: Angela N. H. Creager, Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Princeton University
    November 3, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
    The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD
  • David Cassidy reads from his stage play "Farm Hall"
    May 7, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
    Reception followed by play
    New Mexico School for the Deaf, Santa Fe, NM
  • "Niels Bohr: Life Behind Physics"
    Speaker: Vilhelm Bohr, Grandson of Niels Bohr and Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Gerontology at the National Institute on Aging
    January 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
    The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD
  • "Rutherford's Path to the Nuclear Atom"
    Speaker: Dr. John Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    September 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
    The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD
  • "How the Cold War Changed the Smithsonian's Astrophysical Observatory"
    Speaker: David DeVorkin, Senior Curator of History of Astronomy and the Space Sciences at the National Air and Space Museum
    July 29, 2011 at 6:45 p.m.
    The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD