Leading Planetary Expert To Speak On Search For Life Beyond Earth

April 8, 1997

Edward C. Stone, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and internationally known planetary scientist, will lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder April 15 in a talk titled “The Search for Life Elsewhere.”

Stone has served as the project scientist for NASA’s Voyager mission since 1972 and coordinated the efforts of 11 teams of scientists in their studies of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. As the lead U.S. center for the robotic exploration of the solar system, JPL is managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology.

Stone’s free public talk, in Macky Auditorium at 8 p.m., is intended for a lay audience. The event is the 32nd George Gamow Memorial Lecture, a series that has featured public talks by internationally famous scientists since 1971. The series honors the late CU-Boulder physics professor George Gamow, who helped to develop the big-bang theory related to the creation of the universe.

Stone is the recipient of many awards, including the National Medal of Science from the White House, the American Philosophical Society Magellanic Award, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Dryden Medal and Space Science Award. A physics professor at Cal Tech, Stone also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Astronomical Society.

Parking will be available for $1 near Macky Auditorium. From Denver take Highway 36 to Baseline Road, turn left on Baseline Road, right on Broadway, right on University and right on Macky Drive. Parking also will be available at the Euclid Autopark next to the University Memorial Center.

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