Florida Lecture Series Speakers

Child of the Sun Past Speakers


Past Speakers

Our speakers over the years have included:

Phillips.jpgDr. William Phillips

Dr. William Phillips, distinguished university professor of physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1997 for his work on laser cooling, a technique to slow the movement of gaseous atoms in order to better study them.

Dr. Phillips earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the field of particle physics. Much of his career was spent at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he conducted the experiments that led to his recognition by the Nobel jury. He is credited with the invention of the Zeeman slower, an apparatus that reduces the speed of atoms by the use of a laser.

Dr. Phillips is the recipient of the 1996 Albert A. Michelson Medal from the Franklin Institute, and he is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion.

Jemison.jpgDr. Mae C. Jemison

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go into space, served six years as a NASA astronaut. She flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s STS-47 Spacelab J mission in September 1992 and was NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science, and human adaptation to weightlessness.

Dr. Jemison is currently leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS), an initiative of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She also is founder of the technology consulting firm The Jemison Group, Inc., which integrates social and cultural issues with technologies, including projects using satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and solar-powered engines for electricity generation in developing countries.

Dr. Jemison received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Stanford University and her M.D. from Cornell University. She has received numerous honors, including induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Medical Association Hall of Fame.

Kaufman.jpgDr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman is a cognitive psychologist, author, and scientific director of The Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center. His specialty is the development of intelligence, creativity, and personality.

As a child, a series of infections left him nearly deaf, and he was placed in special education classes because of his inability to respond promptly during intelligence tests. Dr. Kaufman investigates the measurement and development of imagination, debunks traditional methods of measuring intelligence, and encourages his audiences to move toward a culture of inspiration, in which we only compare people to their past and future selves. He is the author of the books Ungifted and Wired to Create and holds a doctorate in cognitive psychology from Yale University and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Cambridge University, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.