Today I sat in a lecture theatre with three Nobel Prize winning physicists.
The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester (where I’m currently studying) is going to be awarded one of only twelve Diamond Jubilee Regius Professorships, with Nobel laureate Professor Sir Andre Geim being the inaugural Regius Professor. To celebrate, they put on a session of lectures, and I was lucky enough to get a ticket! The lecturers included Professors Sir Kostya Novoselov (who Geim shared his Nobel Prize with in 2010 for their work with Graphene), Stefan Soldner-Rembold, and Sarah Bridle.
Also in the audience (sat just two rows in front of me!) was Professor Peter Higgs. Fresh off the back of his Nobel Prize win, he’s at the university today to pick up an Honorary Degree. After the lecture, my friend waved at him and he smiled back at us. I’m still ecstatic about that now!
Geim, Novoselov and Higgs were asked to sign a piece of blackboard (to go along with the one Einstein left at the University in 1921). Geim’s went a bit wrong the first time, hence the nanosignature (appropriate for his line of research).
Today has been the best!