Amongst all his astronomical allusions, Shakespeare demonstrates a deep knowledge of the night sky and its movements. Although he gives the conventional view of his age that astronomical events offer portents for human affairs, his characters sometimes take a sceptical view, and there are hints that he was aware of the new Copernican world-view that was taking hold during his lifetime. The lecture will be illustrated with quotations from Shakespeare’s plays. This lecture also marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616.
No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
Professor Michael Rowan-Robinson is a British Astronomer who works on infrared Astronomy and Cosmology. He is an Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy.
From 1993 to 2007, Professor Rowan-Robinson was Head of the Astrophysics Group at Imperial College London. From 2007-2012 he taught at the Blackett Lab at Imperial College. He has served as President of the Royal Astronomical Society 2006-2008.