Swedish astrophysicist visits Mafikeng Campus

Koos Degenaar -- Fri, 03/13/2015 - 13:16

Swedish astrophysicist visits Mafikeng Campus

The Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU),  in partnership with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) hosted a prominent Swedish astrophysicist, Prof Bengt Gustafsson on 6 March 2015 where he made presentations on the topics “just a pipe of snuff? and black holes past present and future”.

Prof Gustafsson is not only an illustrious astrophysicist but also a powerful speaker and a remarkable teacher as well. He is well known for his popularization of science and astronomy and has published in various cross-disciplinary areas within science and has held significant positions within the Swedish government. He benefited the international community with his services in the international council of science. He has also received the Lars Salvius Prize and the Nils Gustav Rosén Prize, the foremost Swedish award for popularization of science in recognition of his activities.

Both his presentations were very interesting, educating and powerful and indicated that he chose his topics to test the nerves and knowledge of the audience.  The topic “black holes past present and future’’ were especially interesting as he explained that black holes are the most perfect macroscopic objects in the universe.  He also explained how the theory had developed and what we can learn from the subject.

Prof Maselesele appreciated the knowledge and insight Prof Gustafsson has provided to help develop students and researchers and thanked everyone who attended.  She also invited Prof Gustafsson to visit the Campus again to help expand our research in the Physics Department.