Cruise Ship Speakers

Physics
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Harriet Brettle
Planetary Science & Space
B.Sc. PG Cert, FRAS
Coming from: Pasadena,  California  USA
Harriet is a PhD student in planetary sciences at the California Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on Jupiter and the Galilean moons; she is currently observing Europa using the Keck telescope on Hawaii and, separately, modelling storms on Jupiter their stability. As an active science communicator, Harriet is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for space exploration with the public. She has covered the space industry for a number of organizations and regularly gives talks ranging from stand-up pub talks to school workshops.

Valerie Calderbank
Astronomy
BSc, MBCS, CEng, CITP, FRAS
Coming from: Wantage,  Oxfordshire  UK
Valerie graduated in Physics from King's College, London where she specialised in Nuclear Physics and Biophysics. When she took early retirement in the 1990s, she was able to pursue her lifelong interest in Astronomy and bought her own telescope. In recent years Valerie has put her knowledge to practical use by giving numerous talks on Astronomy. In recognition of this The Royal Astronomical Society appointed her as a Fellow in 2011.

Dr Ed Krupp
Astronomy
Director of the Griffith Observatory
Coming from: Loas Angeles,  California  USA
Dr Krupp is an Astronomer and Director of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. He attended Pomona College as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. at U.C.L.A. He started his career at Griffith Observatory in 1970, while still a graduate student, as a part-time planetarium lecturer and presented shows to all ages. Krupp is a member of the American Astronomical Society and the International Astronomical Union, and has served in several divisions and commissions of both organizations. He has presented many hundreds of public lectures and has appeared in numerous television and radio programs.

Professor John Lattanzio
Astronomy, Astrophysics & Astrobiology
Life in the universe
Coming from: Glen Waverley,  VIC  Australia
John is a Professor of astrophysics at Monash University. His specialty research areas are the lives of stars and the search for life in the Universe. He has published over 250 research papers, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in the UK, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia. He is the President of the International Astronomical Union's Commission on "Stellar Evolution ". John has a long record of delivering extremely successful and popular lectures to professional astronomers as well as the public.

John Maclean
Astronomy & Astrophysics
FRAS (Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society)
Coming from: Exeter,  Devon  UK
John is an experienced Science Communicator in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is an award winning Astro Photographer. He has a special interest in Cometary science and is a member of the UK Meteor Monitoring Network as well as participating as a communicator for NASA and ESA space missions. John is an experienced presenter with an engaging and humorous style accompanied with extremely professional graphic and audio presentations. John has the ability to communicate scientific concepts in a way that the audience both enjoys and understands. He is also able to provide "Stargazing" nights on board and can lead Aurora expeditions.

Glenn Patrick
Physics, Cosmology & Earth Sciences
BSc, PhD, CPhys, FInstP, FRAS
Coming from: Wantage,  Oxfordshire  UK
Glenn is a particle physicist who has spent most of his career working on large international experiments using accelerators at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva. Glenn is based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory where he is now an Honorary Scientist and is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Portsmouth, where he teaches. Glenn regularly gives public talks to a wide variety of audiences and specialises in explaining the concepts of physics, cosmology and astronomy in everyday language.

Steve Tonkin
Astronomy
BSc, FRAS
Coming from: Fordingbridge,  Hampshire  UK
Steve Tonkin has had a passion for astronomy since childhood. He is an astronomy writer, teacher, and public speaker who has been actively engaged in public astronomy outreach for over a thirty years. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2000. He has authored and/or edited several books for Springer Verlag’s Practical Astronomy series. Steve has led public observing at Stargazing Live events, and continues to run courses and workshops for people new to astronomy.

Alan Wright
Astronomy & Physical Sciences
BSc, PhD, FASA
Coming from: Wynyard,  Tasmania  Australia
Alan Wright has been a professional research astronomer for over 50 years, much of that time as the Chief Astronomer & Head of Operations at the world-famous Parkes Observatory in Australia, known to many as “The Dish”. He is a multiple graduate of London University and has worked in Canada, the USA and several European countries, as well as in Australia. Recently retired, he retains his passion for astronomy and takes a very active interest in all modern astronomical discoveries. He is also a dynamic and popular speaker who specialises in making “tricky” scientific subjects understandable to everybody.