University of Iowa physics professor and colleague of James Van Allen to speak at Iowa Wesleyan College.

Written by on October 7, 2013 in News

Dr. Donald A. Gurnett, James A. Van Allen/Roy J. Carver professor of physics at the University of Iowa will present “The Iowa Space Pioneers: The Legacy of James Van Allen” at Iowa Wesleyan College on October 11.

As an undergraduate engineering major, Dr. Gurnett worked for Dr. Van Allen when he researched the effects of the radiation belts on the earth’s magnetic fields. Later, he became Van Allen’s colleague, and remains the leading scholar at the University of Iowa on Van Allen’s professional life. During his own professional life, he has conducted experiments on more than 30 space missions and greatly advanced the University of Iowa’s reputation for space research.

Dr. James Van Allen is one of Iowa Wesleyan’s most esteemed graduates and Mount Pleasant’s most prominent citizen of the 20th Century. In 1958, Van Allen confirmed the existence of the radiation belts surrounding the earth’s atmosphere.

The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11 in the Adam Trieschmann Hall of Science Auditorium located at the corner of North Main and Broad Streets in Mount Pleasant.

Groups are encouraged to call 319.385.6215 or e-mail to make a reservation.

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