Each year the Stanford Astronomy Program
organizes the Bunyan Lecture, named for James T. Bunyan
(1898-1977), a member
of the Hoover Institution and a scholar
of Russian/Soviet history, whose will specified that his estate
endow lectures that "inquire into man's changing vision of the
cosmos and of human destiny as revealed in the latest discoveries in
the fields of astronomy and space exploration."
- 34th Annual Bunyan Lecture, Rainer Weiss - MIT & LIGO
Scientific Collaboration (LSC)
"Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves" (poster)
- 7:30pm, Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Hewlett 200.
Colloquium: "The Direct Detection of Gravitational Waves:
Observation of the Mergers of Black Hole Binaries" - 4:15pm,
Tuesday January 24, 2017, Hewlett 200.
- 33rd Annual Bunyan Lecture, Alexander Vilenkin, Tufts
"The Universes Beyond the Horizon." (news,
- 7:30pm Wednesday, March 9, 2016, Braun Auditorium.
- 32nd Annual Bunyan Lecture, Professor Francois R. Bouchet -
Institut d' Astophysique, Paris, France,
"Planck: Echoes From The Big Bang" (video)
- 7:30pm March 11, 2015, Braun Auditorium.
- 31st Annual Bunyan Lecture, Prof. John Carlstrom, University
“Exploring the Origins of the Universe from the Bottom of the
- 7:30pm, February 25, 2014, Braun Auditorium.
Seminar: “Cosmology with the Cosmic Microwave Background:
New Results and Future Prospects” - 12:30pm, SLAC Redwood Room.
- 30th Annual Bunyan Lecture, Steven
Chu, Stanford University,
Chu Goes to Washington" (video)-
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 -
7:30pm, Braun Auditorium.
Colloquium: “Biophysics and Biomedicine in a New Light” - 4:15pm
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, TCSEQ Room 201.
- 29th Annual Bunyan Lecture, Andrea Ghez,
“Unveiling the Pulse of our Galaxy” (listing,
- Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 7:30pm, Braun Auditorium.
- 28th Annual Bunyan Lecture, Natalie
M. Batalha, Associate Professor, San Jose State
University, Deputy Science Team Lead of Kepler Mission
"Light and Shadow: Kepler’s Search for Habitable Worlds"
- Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 7:30pm, Braun Auditorium.
- 27th Annual Bunyan Lecture, Alex
Filippenko, UC Berkeley,
“Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe” (poster)
- Monday, May 4, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m., Braun Auditorium.
- 26th Bunyan Lecture (2007-8): Steven
W. Squyres, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at
Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the
Red Planet (poster,
- 7:30pm Wednesday, February 6, 2008, Hewlett Teaching Center
- 25th Bunyan Lecture (2006-7): Michael Brown,
Professor of Planetary Astronomy at Caltech,
Pluto, Eris and the Dwarf Planets of the Solar System (poster)
- 7:30pm Wednesday, October 25, 2006, Kresge Auditorium.
- 24th Bunyan Lecture (2005-6): David Spergel,
Taking the Baby Picture of the Universe (news,
- 7:30pm Monday, November 14, 2005, Braun Auditorium.
Colloquium: "Cosmology from WMAP and Beyond" - 4:15pm Tuesday,
November 15, 2005, Hewlett Teaching Center, room 201.
- 23rd Bunyan Lecture (2003): Christopher
Chyba, Director of the Center for the Study of Life in the
Universe at the SETI Institute,
The 21st Century Search for Extraterrestrial Life (news,
- 7:30pm Monday, April 21, 2003, Braun Auditorium.
Colloquium: "The Comet-Asteroid Impact Hazard" - 4:15 Tuesday,
April 22, 2003, TCSEQ Room 201.
- 22nd Bunyan Lecture (2002): Kim Stanley
Robinson, Nebula and Hugo award winning science fiction
Mars as a Tool of Human Thought (news,
- 8pm Thursday, April 18, 2002, TCSEQ Room 201.
CSSA seminar: "Science and Science Fiction" - 3pm Thursday,
April 18, 2002, Varian Room 208.
- 21st Bunyan Lecture (2001): Loren Acton,
University of Montana,
Magnetic Personality of the Universe (news)
- 7pm Wednesday, May 2, 2001, Terman Auditorium.
- 20th Bunyan Lecture (2000): Charles
Townes, UC Berkeley,
Logic and Uncertainty in Science and Religion (news,
- 7pm Wednesday, April 12, 2000, Terman Auditorium.
Colloquium: "Behavior of Old Stars Observed by Infrared Spatial
Interferometry" - 4pm Tuesday, April 11, 2000, TCSEQ 201.
- 19th Bunyan Lecture (1999): Paul Davies,
Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London,
The Origins of Life (poster)
- 7:30pm Wednesday, March 3, 1999, Terman Auditorium.
- 18th Bunyan Lecture (1998): Frank
Drake, SETI Institute,
The Search for Extragalactic Intelligent Life (poster)
- 7:30pm Wednesday, February 11, 1998, Terman Auditorium.
Seminar: "Progress in the Search for Extraterrestrial
Intelligence" - 4pm Thursday, February 12, 1998, Varian 208.
- 1997 Bunyan Lecture: Geoff Marcy,
San Francisco State University,
First Reconnaissance of Planets Orbiting Other Stars (news)
- 7:30pm Wednesday, February 5, 1997, Terman Auditorium.
Colloquium: "Detection of Extra-Solar Planets" - 4pm Tuesday,
February 4, 1997, Physics Lecture Hall 101.
- 1996 Bunyan Lecture: Ron
Bracewell, Stanford University,
The Destiny of Man (news,
- 7:30pm Tuesday, February 27, 1996, Terman Auditorium.
Bracewell Symposium: 9am-5pm Wednesday, February 28, 1996,
- 1995 Bunyan Lecture: Robert
Williams, Director of the Space Telescope Science
The Universe as Seen by the Hubble Space Telescope (poster)
- 7:30pm Monday, January 23, 1995, Physics Lecture Hall 100.
Colloquium: "NOVAE: Outburst and Ejecta" - 11am, Tuesday,
January 24, 1995, Physics Conference Room.
- 1994 Bunyan Lecture: Eugene
Shoemaker, US Geological Survey, Arizona,
Cosmic Bullets, Craters and Catastrophe (poster)
- 7:30pm Wednesday, February 23, 1994, Physics Lecture Hall 100.
Colloquium: "The Crash of Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on
Jupiter" - 4pm Thursday, February 24, 1994, Physics Lecture Hall
- 1993 Bunyan Lecture: Carl
Sagan, Cornell University,
Is There Intelligent Life on Earth? (news)
- Friday, April 23, 1993, Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
- 1992 Bunyan Lecture: Sandra
Faber, University of California, Santa Cruz,
The Giant Keck Telescope: New Eye on Space and Time - 8pm
Monday, May 4, 1992, Terman Auditorium
- 1991 Bunyan Lecture: Fang Lizhi,
Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton,
Science, Cosmology, and Democracy in China (video,
- 8pm Wednesday, May 15, 1991, Physics Lecture Hall 100.
Colloquium: "Topology of the Universe" 4pm Tuesday, May
14, Physics Lecture Hall 101.
- [No lecture 1990. Numbering 1987-1997 apparently did not count
- 1989 Bunyan Lecture: Edwin
Salpeter, Cornell University,
Stars Older than the Universe? - 8pm Tuesday, May 2, 1989,
- 1988 Bunyan Lecture: Robert
P. Kirshner, Harvard University, Center for Astrophysics,
Death of a Star: Supernova of a Lifetime - 8pm Wednesday,
February 17, 1988, Physics Lecture Hall 101.
Colloquium: 4pm Tuesday, February 16, 1988, Physics Lecture Hall
- 1987 Bunyan Lecture: P.J.E.
Peebles, Princeton University,
The Large Scale Structure of the Universe - 8pm Thursday,
February 12, 1987, Physics Lecture Hall 101.
Colloquium: "Galaxy Formation Models" - 1:30pm Thursday,
February 12, 1987, Varian 208.
- 7th Bunyan Lecture/Stanford-Ames Institute for Space Research
Veverka, Cornell University,
Dr. Halley's Comet - 8pm Wednesday, February 12, 1986,
Physics Lecture Hall 100.
Colloquium: "The Voyager View of Uranus: Summary of First
Results" - 3:30pm Thursday, February 13, 1986, Space Science
Building Auditorium at NASA Ames Research Center.
- 6th Bunyan Lecture (1985): Owen
Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,
Crisis Versus Aesthetic in the Copernican Revolution (news)-
8pm Tuesday, May 7, 1985, Physics Lecture Hall 100.
Colloquium: "Was Ptolemy a Fraud?" - 3:45pm Wednesday, May 8,
1985, Physics Lecture Hall 101.
- 5th Bunyan Lecture on Cosmology (1984): Martin Rees,
Cambridge University, Institute of Astronomy,
The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe - 8pm
Wednesday, April 18, 1984, Physics Lecture Hall 100.
Colloquium: "The Central Engine in Quasars and Cosmic Jets" -
4:15pm Thursday, April 19, 1984, Physics Lecture Hall 101.
- 4th Bunyan Lecture on Cosmology (1982): Kip Thorne,
Black Holes, White Holes, Wormholes, and Tunnels through
Hyperspace - 8pm Tuesday, November 16, 1982, Physics
Lecture Hall 100.
Colloquium: Paradigm Changes in Black Hole Physics, 4:15pm
Wednesday, November 17, Physics Lecture Hall 101.
- 3rd Bunyan Lecture on Cosmology (1981): Edward
Stone, Caltech and JPL Voyager Project Scientist,
The Voyager Encounters with Saturn - 8pm Wednesday,
November 18, 1981, Physics Lecture Hall Room 100.
- 2nd Bunyan Lecture on Cosmology (1980-1981): Philip
Morrison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
The Rude Law of the Frontier: Recent Results in Deep Sky
Astronomy - 8pm Tuesday, February 17, 1981, Physics
Lecture Hall Room 100.
- 1st Bunyan Lecture on Cosmology (1979): Dennis
Sciama, Oxford University and University of Texas,
The Origin of the Universe - 8pm Wednesday, October 3,
1979, Physics Lecture Hall Room 100.
Colloquium: "Why do Black Holes Explode?" - 4:15pm Monday,
October 1, 1979, Applied Physics 200.
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