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World-renowned physicist to give UI Ida Beam Lecture April 24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- J. Bryan Taylor, one of the world's foremost authorities on plasma physics and controlled thermonuclear fusion research, will lecture at the University of Iowa as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

The subject of his talk, which is free and open to the public, is "Fusion, Turbulence and Topology -- the Dynamical Behavior of Magnetic Fields and Plasmas."

Taylor, of Culham Laboratory in England, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. As the head of the Theoretical Physics Division and chief physicist of Culham Laboratory, he led one of the world's finest research groups in theoretical plasma physics for nearly three decades. From 1989 until 1994, he held the Fondren Foundation Centennial Chair in Plasma Theory at the University of Texas at Austin. His honors include the Maxwell Prize, from the British Institute of Physics; the Max Born Medal, from the German Physical Society; and the Award for Excellence in Plasma Research, from the American Physical Society.

Taylor's visit is being sponsored by the UI department of physics and astronomy and the Ida Beam Visiting Professor Program. Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her farm to the UI Foundation in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a fund to bring a variety of top scholars to the university for lectures and discussions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate in the program should contact the department of physics and astronomy at 335-1688.