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Our Dynamic Earth: Third Rock from the Sun – an Introduction to Earth Science

Holmes Lectures for 10- to 14-year-olds

Date/Time: 19th January 2017, 17:00 - 18:00

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Everything that we do is related to Earth Science. From what we eat, to what we wear. From where we live to how we travel. We’ll explore the ways that the building blocks of earth science - geology, chemistry, biology, and environmental science - have steered the way our society has evolved. Our history and future are intertwined with the resources and rhythm of the world around us … find out why this won’t ever change. 

This year’s Holmes Lectures are being delivered by the University’s Geoscience and Geomatics research groups. Both groups carry out world class research that spans technological, human and natural systems. Whether they are investigating the smallest living organisms, or considering the entire shape of the Earth, the work of these groups has greater impact on our everyday lives than many people realise.

To register for free places, email the Public Lectures office or telephone 0191 208 6093.

About John H Holmes and the lectures 

Born in Newcastle in 1857, John H Holmes was one of the great pioneers of the development of electrical engineering. He started the firm of J H Holmes in 1883 and opened a new factory in Portland Road in 1887.

Holmes introduced the earliest electric lighting plant, drives for printing presses, train lighting sets, and portable ships’ searchlights which enabled the Suez Canal to be navigated by night for the first time.

Holmes invented the original knife-switch, and his first experimental model is preserved the Discovery Museum in Newcastle. He produced his first dynamos in 1884 and one of these, which worked for 25 years in Ireland, is also in the museum. 

The annual John H Holmes lectures first took place at Newcastle University in 1937. They have covered a wide range of topics including sustainability, Forensic science, medical physics, chemistry and sports science.