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Distinguished Lecture Series - Previous Events

The Distinguished Lecture Series brings eminent and influential guest speakers to Cardiff University and a wider audience to showcase their work.

The series has the specific objective of contributing to the establishment and consolidation of Cardiff's international reputation for academic impact.

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David Williams

Professor Tom Andriacchi

Professor Thomas Andriacchi is a professor in mechanical engineering and orthopedic surgery at Stanford University. His research focuses on the biomechanics of human locomotion and its biomedical applications to artificial joints, sports injury, osteoarthritis, and neuromuscular disorders. He will give the next Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture.


David Williams

David Williams

David R. Williams is Dean for Research in Arts, Science and Engineering at the University of Rochester, New York, the Director of the university's Center for Visual Science and William G. Allyn Professor of Medical Optics.


Randall Collins

Randall Collins

Randall Collins is Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and will give the next Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture.


Adam Thorpe

Adam Thorpe

Translator, playwright, novelist and poet Adam Thorpe spoke about the perils, pains and satisfaction of translating one of the great French classics.


Professor Michael Burawoy

Professor Michael Burawoy - University of California, Berkeley

Professor Burawoy is a leading proponent of public sociology, a renowned author, and a close observer of industrial workplaces in countries around the world including Russia, Zambia, the United States, and Hungary. Most recently, he has turned to the study of his own workplace – the university – to consider the way social science itself is produced and then disseminated to diverse publics.


Professor Darnton

Professor Robert Darnton - Harvard University

Professor Darnton is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard University Library. He is a leading cultural historian who is internationally recognised for his research into books, digital scholarship and French cultural history.


Professor Jon Crowcroft

Professor Jon Crowcroft - University of Cambridge

Jon Crowcroft has been the Marconi Professor of Communications Systems in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge since October 2001. He has worked in the area of Internet support for multimedia communications for over 30 years.


Professor Michael Grätzel

Professor Michael Grätzel - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Professor Grätzel has pioneered research on electron transfer reactions and their applications in solar energy conversion systems and discovered a revolutionary new type of solar cell based on dye sensitized nanocrystalline semiconducting oxide particles.