Lovell Lecture: Professor Tim O’Brien

6 Dec, 2018

Thursday 6th December, 7:30pm

One Giant Leap:
Jodrell Bank and the Race to the Moon

Professor Tim O’Brien

July 2019 will mark fifty years since humans first set foot on another celestial body. In the run up to the anniversary, Professor Tim O’Brien will tell the story of Jodrell Bank’s role in the race to the Moon. This entertaining presentation will include audio-visual material from Jodrell Bank’s archive and feature aspects of both the American and Russian space programmes.

Tim O’Brien is a Professor of Astrophysics and an Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at The University of Manchester.

He has published around 150 research papers, mainly on the study of thermonuclear explosions on white dwarf stars in binary systems. He has used a wide range of telescopes around the world and in space, including the e-MERLIN radio telescopes operated from Jodrell Bank, X-ray satellites, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Very Large Telescope in Chile. Most recently, he has begun work on the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence using radio telescopes (he hasn’t found any yet).

Tim is also a director for Jodrell Bank’s annual festival of discovery, bluedot where he regularly presents science talks on the main stage to thousands of festival-goers. He also helps programme the festival’s popular DotTalks series featuring some of the UK’s leading scientists and thinkers. The 2019 bluedot festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.

Tickets: £10/£8
10% discount available for Annual Pass Holders

This event will be live-streamed online here.

Pre-lecture dining 

Join us in the Planet Pavilion Cafe for pre-lecture dining.


Asian green vegetable broth, soba noodles & toasted almonds £10.50
Pan roasted chicken, harissa spiced cauliflower cous cous, Ras el hanout tomatoes £13.50
Steamed ox cheek pudding, beef dripping chips, glazed root vegetables £14.95


Black cherry & dark chocolate fondant, vanilla bean ice cream £6.50
Apple Tarte Tatin, winter spiced golden raisins, brandy cream £6.50
Selection of fine cheese and biscuits, chutney and grapes £7.25

You can order your menu options while booking your event tickets (by using the Book Tickets button below).