A meeting will be held in December 2012 to honour C T R Wilson, the 1927 Nobel Physics Laureate, who invented the cloud chamber. This device, described by Rutherford as the most original and wonderful instrument in scientic history, was used in many discoveries that led to the development of particle physics. Wilson was also deeply interested in atmospheric electricity and his ideas about thunderstorms are at the heart of modern theories.
Speakers will discuss his life and his contributions to physics, as well as current work on cosmic rays and climate, thunderstorms and the search for the origin of cosmic rays, on the existence of which Wilson speculated 10 years before their discovery in 1912.
Register at: www.royalsoced.org.uk
Or contact the RSE Events Department: 0131 240 2780; events [at] royalsoced.org.uk
Full rate: £120
Concessionary and student rate: £50 (limited places available)