Middleton Lecture, March 27th

Mar 27, 2007

Nobel Prize-winning UT professor, Steven Weinberg, on "The Origin of the Universe"

(Austin) - Dr. Weinberg holds the Josey Regental Chair in Science at The University of Texas at Austin where he is a member of the Physics and Astronomy Departments. His research on elementary particles and cosmology has been honored with numerous prizes and awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physics (1979) and the National Medal of Science (1991). He taught at Columbia, Berkeley, M.I.T., and Harvard before coming to Texas in 1982.

In 2004, when awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the American Philosophical Society, the citation stated that Dr. Weinberg is considered by many to be the preeminent theoretical physicist alive in the world today.

Evan Smith, editor of Texas Monthly magazine, recently interviewed Dr. Weinberg for the KLRU show, Texas Monthly Talks. On the website, Smith writes about Dr. Weinberg, "So diverse are his interests, so casual and comfortable is he in conversation, that you almost forget you're sitting across from one of the smartest men in Texas, if not to say on this planet."

Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson established the Harry Middleton Lectureship in 1994 to honor the contributions of Harry Middleton, Director of the LBJ Library from 1971 to 2002. It is her desire to make renowned speakers available to students and the public free of charge. Past Middleton Lectureship speakers include former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, journalists Brian Williams and Bill Moyers, and actor Michael York.

Dr. Weinberg's presentation is free for UT students and the public. Tickets are required and are available at the Texas Union (UNB 4.300) and LBJ Library. Seating is limited.

The Harry Middleton Lectureship is sponsored by the LBJ Foundation.