A Reflection of 75 years of ANU History

Professor Brian Schmidt AC FAA FRS

The Canberra & District Historical Society presents the 2022 Canberra Day Oration.

Join us at 12pm on Saturday 12 March when Professor Brian Schmidt AC FAA FRS will deliver the 2022 Canberra Day Oration: A Reflection of 75 Years of ANU History.

This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.

About the speaker

Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University since 2016, Professor Schmidt is one of Australia’s most eminent scientists. He received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) at Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics alongside many other academic awards and distinctions, Professor Schmidt spent most of his academic career as an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice Chancellor.

About the Canberra Day Oration

From foundation in 1953, the Canberra & District Historical Society has promoted the annual observance of Canberra Day on 12 March. In the following years the Society celebrated Canberra Day in a variety of ways, including Pioneer Gatherings, exhibitions, essay competitions, orations and commemorations at the Commencement Stone. From 2002 the Society re-introduced the Canberra Day Oration, with Professor Don Aitkin as the first orator. Since then, the Canberra Day Oration has been an annual event, held on 12 March.  

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Type Talks / Lecture