One of Pasadena’s hallmarks is its great interest in science, technology, and progress. Sloop University, which he opened in 1891, was training students to work in the fast-paced industrial world by 1893. Astronomer George Ellery Hale, physicist Robert Millikan, chemist Arthur Noyes and others transformed the school into what is now the pioneering college of science and engineering, Caltech, in 1920. I was.
Caltech isn’t the only university pursuing science. Pasadena is home to other notable institutions such as the Planetary Society, Carnegie Observatory, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Mount Wilson Observatory.
Pasadena Heritage highlights these achievements and “firsts” in its exclusive Pasadena Summer Lecture Series. His third and final program on Sunday will highlight the city’s unique relationship to science and technology. At this event at The Blinn House, special guest speakers will delve into Pasadena’s unique relationship with technology.
Dr. Eun-Joo Ahn, an astrophysicist and doctoral candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will speak on “Early 20th Century Community Development and the Mount Wilson Observatory.”
Founded in 1904 by astrophysicist George Ellery Hale with funding from the Carnegie Institution in Washington, the Mount Wilson Observatory became one of the most famous observatories of the first half of the 20th century.th century. Dr. Ann explains how regional development in Southern California and boosterism in Pasadena played a key role in the observatory’s success, along with the excellent viewing conditions atop Mount Wilson.
Dr. Martin Lo, Principal Engineer in JPL’s Mission Design and Navigation Section, discusses his 30-year career at JPL and how the “Earth’s Neighborhood” is a complex dynamic regime.
Dr. Lo received his Bachelor’s degree from Caltech in 1975 and his PhD in Pure Mathematics from Cornell University in 1981. To his credit, JPL contributed to the victory and flight of his Genesis mission. He and his student Shane Ross discovered that a network of invariant manifolds, commonly called the “interplanetary superhighway”, connects the solar system. He has won numerous awards for his work.
Guests can join in person or virtually via Zoom. Refreshments will be provided for in-person attendees.
To register, please visit This EventBrite linkTickets are $18 for Pasadena Heritage members and $22 for non-members.
For more information, see: https://pasadenaheritage.org/events-calendar Or call (626) 441-6333.
Blinn House is located at 160 N. Oakland Ave.