Golden Jubilee Symposium

Golden Jubilee Symposium

On 6 March 1967, Professor Peter Mason delivered the very first lecture at Macquarie University, the introduction to the Department of Physics course Structure and Properties of Matter. As well as founding the Department of Physics at Macquarie, Professor Mason was a well-known science communicator, esteemed lecturer, student advocate and frequent guest on ABC Radio’s The Science Show.

To mark this significant anniversary in the history of the University, on 6 March 2017, the University held a celebratory symposium in the very same lecture hall, now known as the Mason Theatre. The event celebrated Professor Mason, his founding colleagues, and the student alumni of the very early years at Macquarie.

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Guest speakers:

  • The Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton
  • ABC Radio’s Robyn Williams AM, a long-time friend and colleague of Professor Mason
  • Internationally known management educator Professor John Croucher AM of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, a student at that first lecture
  • Professor Deb Kane, Department of Physics & Astronomy, with perspectives on the changes over the last half-century in physics and other disciplines close to Professor Mason’s heart
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