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Press Release:

September 15, 2004


Dr. Lennox Cowie

Mrs. Karen Rehbock

Institute for Astronomy
Director's Office
2680 Woodlawn Drive Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
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Public Lecture

Dr. Lennox L. Cowie

"First Light: The Birth of Stars and Galaxies"

Wednesday, September 22, 7 p.m., UH Institute for Astronomy, Manoa

     Via video link to IfA Hilo, 640 North A‘ohoku Place, Hilo
     and Ka Lama 103 at Maui Community College



UH astronomer Lennox L. Cowie will present a public lecture entitled “First Light: The Birth of Stars and Galaxies” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22 at the UH Institute for Astronomy in Manoa.

Telescopes on Mauna Kea, and space telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope, are now so powerful that they can see 12 billion years back in time to an age when the first infant galaxies were struggling to light up the Universe. Dr. Cowie will discuss how these faint galaxies merged and grew to make the Universe we see today.

Dr. Cowie has been a member of the IfA faculty since 1986 and was associate director from 1986 until 1997. Born in Scotland, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and subsequently held appointments at Princeton, MIT, and the Space Telescope Science Institute.  Dr. Cowie was awarded the UH Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research in 1998, and this year he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, the only current UH faculty member to hold this honor.

The Institute for Astronomy is located at 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu. The lecture will be video linked to the IfA’s facilities at 640 North A‘ohoku Place in Hilo’s University Park, and to Ka Lama 103 at Maui Community College. The lecture is part of the IfA’s Frontiers of Astronomy Community Lecture Series. It is open to the public, and admission and parking are free.

The Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the sun. Its faculty and staff are also involved in astronomy education, deep-space missions, and in the development and management of the observatories on Haleakala and Mauna Kea. Refer to for more information about the Institute.

Image: (4.6 Mb)

Image caption: The faintest galaxies in this Keck Telescope image date from the time when the Universe was only one-tenth of its present age.

A high-resolution image of Dr. Cowie: (12 Mb)

A lower-resolution version: (32 kb)


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