Organised by the IEEE UK and Ireland Section, with Professor Izzet Kale, College and Institute Research Director for the College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries, the IEEE UK and Ireland Section’s Christmas Lecture took place on 10 December with over 100 IEEE and IET members and non-members in attendance.

The guest speaker for this year’s Christmas Lecture, taking place at the Regent Street Cinema, was Professor Sir Roger Penrose, an English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science known for his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. He was introduced by the University of Westminster’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Peter Bonfield and IEEE UK and Ireland Section Chair Professor Mike Hinchey.

Professor Sir Roger Penrose’s work has been a major factor in understanding black holes, having been knighted in 1994 for his services to science. He has received several awards, including the 1975 Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society jointly awarded to Stephen Hawking, and the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics, shared with Hawking for the Penrose-Hawking singularity theorems.

Penrose is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. In 2010, he reported possible evidence of an earlier universe prior to the Big Bang of our own current universe in his book Cycles of Time.

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Professor Sir Roger Penrose with the IEEE UK and Ireland Section executive and volunteers

The organiser and host of the event at Westminster was Professor Izzet Kale in his capacity as Chapter Chair for the Circuits and Systems Chapter and the Instrumentation and Measurement Chapter and Committee member of the IEEE UK and Ireland Section.

Commenting on the event, he said: “Hosting Professor Sir Roger Penrose at the University of Westminster has added to the history of our institution and the venue, as having hosted one of the greatest scientist of modern times. It was a true honour and an inspiration to meet this living legend and to listen to his lecture from his beautifully illustrated hand drawn slides.”

The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association of engineers, scientists and allied professionals in all fields from medical electronics, power and energy to computing and communications engineering. Formed in 1884 in New York, it now has more than 430,000 members in 160 countries spread through its 39 Societies, 130 journals, transactions and magazines, more than 300 annual conferences and 900 active standards. The UK and Ireland Section has over 11,000 members.

Watch Professor Sir Roger Penrose’s Lecture here.

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