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Kimberly W. Land
(Phone 757/864-9885, 757/344-8611 mobile)
k.w.land@larc.nasa.gov
 
02.25.05
 
RELEASE : 05-010
 
 
Tuesday, March 1
Einstein's Legacy: Theories Revered for 100 Years
 
 

Dubbed the "World Year of Physics 2005," this year is the centennial commemoration of Albert Einstein's miracle year. What, exactly, did Einstein achieve in 1905? How did his contributions influence 20th century physics? What effect do they have on our everyday lives? How will they be important in the future?

Hans Christian von Baeyer, chancellor professor of physics at the College of William and Mary, will speak on "The Man Who Hated Loose Ends: Einstein's Legacy" at a colloquium at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, at NASA Langley's H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.

Media Briefing: A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., NASA Langley Research Center. Members of the media who wish to attend should contact Kimberly W. Land a (757) 864-9885 or 344-8611 (mobile) to arrange for credentials.

Von Baeyer graduated from Columbia University and earned his doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in theoretical particle physics. He has taught at William and Mary for 36 years. His research interests are in classical relativistic mechanics and public understanding of physical science.

He was recognized for his contributions to mathematical physics by being elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. As chairman of the William and Mary Physics Department and director of the Virginia Associated Research Campus, von Baeyer helped to create the Jefferson Lab, Newport News, Va.

The recipient of William and Mary's Jefferson Award and Jefferson Teaching Award, von Baeyer was selected as one of the outstanding faculty members of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in 1990. The author of over 100 technical and popular articles, his works have won him the 1991 National Magazine Award in the category "Essays and Criticism."

 

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