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Wheatstone Lectures - Department of Physics


Sir Charles Wheatstone FRS (1802-75) was Professor of Experimental Philosophy at King's and was the first Professor in the Department from 1834 until his death in 1875. Polymath and self-taught son of a London-based musical instrument maker, Wheatstone conducted early experiments into acoustics and the transmission of sound. His greatest achievement was the development of the electric telegraph, which revolutionised communications in the nineteenth century.

Upcoming Event

The 2019 Wheatstone lecture will be held on 20th February.

We are excited to welcome Professor Naomi J. Halas NAS NAE from Rice University, Jouston, TX. She will be presenting a talk entitled;

From Faraday to tomorrow: Nanoscale Optics for Sustainability and Societal Impact

Booking will open shortly and a link will be availble here.



The 2020 Wheatstone Lecture will be presented by Prof Stefan Hell on 26th February 2020.


 Past Wheatstone Lectures

2013 - Present

14th February 2018:

Professor Ian Walmsley, FRS

'Building quantum machines out of light.'

1st February 2017:

Professor Miles Padgett, FRS FRSE

'How many pixels does your camera have?'

10th February 2016:

Professor Jenny Nelson, FRS

 'New materials for solar to electric energy conversion: Opportunities and challenges'

18th February 2015:

Professor Nader Engheta

'From Wheatstone Bridge to Optical Nanocircuitry'

12th February 2014:

Professor Peter J Dobson OBE

'Nanotechnology and a legacy of Sir Charles Wheatstone'

13th February 2013:

Professor Sir David N Payne KBE FRS FREng

'Enlightening the World'



programmes from previous years

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