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This is the 11th in a series of annual free public lectures. We aim to bring current developments in Astronomy to a wide audience and to high schools in particular. The lecture series is named after Scriven Bolton (c1888-1929) a local benefactor whose bequest enables the University to provide a state-of-the-art observatory with which undergraduates can learn practical astronomy.
Professor Michele Dougherty began her academic career as an applied mathematician in the University of Natal, South Africa where she obtained her PhD in 1988. There she conducted research on fundamental plasma processes, including those by which cosmic rays drive a wind out of the Milky Way and others occurring in the Sun's corona. Subsequently, she spent time at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg before moving to Imperial College London where she works in the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group in the Blackett Laboratory.