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Symposium: From the Origin of the Universe to Accretion by Black Holes


“Symposium: From the Origin of the Universe to Accretion by Black Holes”

A public symposium in honor of Rashid Sunyaev, Recipient of the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics.

This event is presented as part of The Philadelphia Science Festival. The Franklin Institute Awards Week and the Philadelphia Science Festival are organized by The Franklin Institute


Wednesday, April 25, 2012 (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)


Villanova University's Connelly Center Cinema


  • The event is free and open to the public
  • Event co-sponsored by Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Franklin Institute


Opening Remarks

  • R.Kelman Wieder, PhD (Associate Dean for the Sciences, Villanova University)
  • Frederic M.N. Bertley, PhD (Vice-President, Science and Innovation, The Franklin Institute)
  • Edward M. Sion, PhD (Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Villanova University)


  • Mark Birkinshaw, PhD (University of Bristol, United Kingdom) -"The Coupling of Matter and Radiation, and the Structure of the Universe"
  • Mario Livio, PhD (Space Telescope Science Institute, USA) - "Astrophysical Jets"
  • Rashid Sunyaev, DSc (Director, Max Planck Institute fur Astrophysik, Garching; Russian Acad. of Sciences, Moscow) - "Scientific Results of Three X-Ray Observatories (MIR-Kvant, Granat and Integral) and plans for Spectrum-X/eRosita Full Sky X-Ray Survey"