School of Physics EDI Colloquium

Thursday 8 February 2024
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Lectures and seminars
General public, Alumni

Learn about the tragic destiny of Mileva Marić Einstein.

What were Albert Einstein's first wife’s contributions to his extraordinary productivity in the first years of his career? The first biography of Mileva Marić was published in Serbian in 1969 but remained largely unknown despite being translated first in German, then in French in the 1990s. The publication of Mileva and Albert’s love letters in 1987 revealed how they lived together while two recent publications shed more light on Mileva Marić’s life and work.

This talk will review the evidence in its social and historical context to give a better idea of her contributions. In this presentation, Dr Gagnon avoids all types of speculation and does not denigrate Albert Einstein, but rather strictly stick to known facts to unravel her story. The audience will be able to appreciate why such a talented physicist as Mileva Maric has been so unkindly treated by history.

Dr Pauline Gagnon is a particle physicist who worked at Indiana University from 1999 to 2016. Pauline worked on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. ATLAS is one of the four large experiments ongoing on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Since 2011, Pauline has devoted most of her time to communication and outreach activities. In 2015, she published a book called: Who Cares about particle physics: Making sense of the Higgs boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN.

We are delighted Pauline is joining us as part of the EDI colloquium series.

Location: Electrical Engineering Keysight Technologies Lecture Theatre (1.52)

Tickets are free and can be booked via Ticket Source