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January 17, 2002

GEOPHYSICIST CHARLES WILSON TO SPEAK AT SMU FEB. 6 ABOUT HIS 50 YEARS OF RESEARCH IN THE ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC

DALLAS (SMU) -- Geophysicist Charles “Buck” Wilson will give a free public lecture on “Fifty Years of Expeditionary Geophysical Research in the Arctic and Antarctic,” at Southern Methodist University on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium of the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. Free parking is available under the museum.

Wilson earned his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 1963 and has served since then as a professor of physics at the university’s Geophysical Institute. His geophysical research in the Arctic and Antarctic began in 1950 with glaciological studies on the Juneau ice fields of Alaska and recently culminated with the installation of an infrasonic array on Anvers Island in Antarctica to help monitor the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Wilson’s lecture is sponsored by the Hamilton Visiting Scholars Program in Geophysics, which brings nationally and internationally distinguished leaders in the field of geophysics to SMU. The program was established in 1997 with a $1 million gift from Jack H. Hamilton of Dallas. Hamilton retired from Teledyne Geotech in 1990 following a 41-year career with the company.


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