UNSW Selby Lecture: Ray Jayawardhana

Professor Ray Jayawardhana


Tuesday, 4 August, 2015 -
18:00 to 20:00


Tyree Room, Scientia Building

Audience / Guests: 

Public / All

Professor Ray Jayawardhana Presents Neutrino Hunters: Chasing a Ghostly Particle to Unlock Cosmic Secrets

Move over Higgs - it's neutrino time.

The incredibly small bits of matter we call neutrinos may hold the secret to why antimatter is so rare, how mighty stars explode as supernovae, what the universe was like just seconds after the big bang, and even the inner workings of our own planet. Take a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of these elusive particles, as astronomer and author Ray Jayawardhana recounts a captivating detective story with a colourful cast of characters and awesome cosmic implications.


Ray Jayawardhana is the Dean of science and a professor of physics & astronomy at York University.

A graduate of Yale and Harvard, he uses many of the world’s largest telescopes to explore planetary origins and diversity.


He is the co-author of more than 100 papers in scientific journals, and his findings have made headlines worldwide. He is also an award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, and more. His research and writing have led to numerous accolades, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rutherford Medal, the Steacie Prize, and the McLean Award.

His book Strange New Worlds was the basis of “The Planet Hunters” television documentary on the CBC, while Neutrino Hunters won the CSWA Science in Society Book Award.

Ray is also a popular speaker and a frequent commentator for the media. An avid traveler, he has visited more than 55 countries, all seven continents, and the Arctic.

The Selby Fellowship and Lecture

Selby Fellowships are awarded to distinguished overseas scientists to visit scientific centres in Australia. Fellows aim to increase public awareness of science and scientific issues through a series of high profile public lectures. The Fellowship is financed through the generosity of the trustees of the Selby Scientific Foundation.


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