Atmospheric Electricity at Durham - JA Chalmers Anniversary Meeting.

Date: Friday 26 May 2017

Time: 14:00 - 17:00


Durham University
Lecture Theatre OCW17
Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics
Department of Physics
Durham DH1 3LE


The Physics Department at the University of Durham hosted an influential research group in atmospheric electricity until the mid-1970s, led by Professor Alan Chalmers (1904-1967). The group made fundamental findings in fair weather atmospheric electricity and the electrification of cloud and rainfall, and trained many international researchers in experimental physics. Chalmers’ book Atmospheric Electricity (2nd edition published in 1967) was a comprehensive and classic text, through which his name is still widely known. It remains an important introduction for modern researchers in atmospheric electricity. This meeting marks the fiftieth anniversary of his death and will review the contributions of the Durham group, both as a model of environmental physics activity and for its legacy to atmospheric electricity.

1400 - 1405 Welcome and Introduction – Prof Giles Harrison FRMetS (Atmospheric Electricity Group Chair)
1405 - 1430 Alan Chalmers: the man -  Prof Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS FRMetS(Durham University) –
1430 - 1500  Atmospheric electricity at Durham - Dr Karen Aplin FRMetS (University of Oxford) -
1500 - 1530 Gamma ray astronomy and atmospheric ionisation - Prof Paula Chadwick (Durham University)
1530 - 1600 Refreshment Break
1600 - 1630 The Observers - Joan Kenworthy (Durham University)
1630 - 1645 Discussion
1645 Close

Organised by the Atmospheric Electricity Specialist Group and North East Local Centre, this meeting is part of the Royal Meteorological Society Meetings programme, open to all, from expert to enthusiast, for topical discussions on the latest advances in weather and climate. Non members are welcome to attend these meetings.

DIRECTIONS |This meeting will take place in Lecture Theatre OCW17, Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, Department of Physics, University of Durham. (Directions to the Department of Physics are available at )

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