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Reiff Birkeland

Reiff selected as "Birkeland Lecturer" by the University of Oslo

Professor Patricia (Pat)  Reiff, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected by the University of Oslo as the "Birkleland Lecturer" for 2012.

The University of Oslo has since 1987 arranged a ”Birkeland Lecture” in cooperation with the Norwegain Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Space Centre and the Norwegian company Norsk Hydro ASA (from 2004: YARA ASA). Except for 1993—when the lecture was given in Tokyo—the lectures have been given in Norway, most of them at the Academy in Oslo. This cooperation with the Academy and Norsk Hydro and YARA has given the University of Oslo the opportunity to invite many outstanding scientists within the area of geophysical and space research to Oslo, areas which were central in Kristian Birkeland´s own research.

The first Birkeland lecturer, in 1987, was Nobel Prize winner Hannes Alfvén, and the second was Rice's own Alex Dessler.