University of Pittsburgh
April 5, 2005

Nobel Laureate in Physics Donald A. Glaser To Speak at Pitt April 15

Inventor of bubble chamber will discuss "why we see things that aren't there"

PITTSBURGH—Pitt's Department of Mathematics will present Nobel Laureate in Physics Donald A. Glaser, who will deliver a lecture titled "What Can We See, How Do We See It, and Why Do We See Things that Aren't There?" at 4 p.m. April 15 in Room 343, Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Born in 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio, Glaser earned the Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics at Case Institute of Technology in 1946. In 1950, he earned the Ph.D. degree in physics and mathematics at the California Institute of Technology. Glaser received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1960 for inventing the bubble chamber, used in high-energy nuclear physics.

A professor of physics and neurobiology at the Graduate School of the University of California, Berkeley, Glaser is currently investigating the human visual system and creating computational models to explain its performance.

This event, presented in association with Office of the Provost, School of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is free and open to the public. For more information, visit