1999 Rydell Professorship

Featuring Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson is a theoretical physicist and mathematician. He is known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering. He theorized several concepts that bear his name, such as Dyson's transform, Dyson tree, Dyson series, and Dyson sphere.

He is professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a Visitor of Ralston College, and a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Dyson was a speaker a the Nobel Conference in 1980.

Freeman Dyson was in residency for in the spring of 1999. He taught a seminar on "Science and the Moral Imagination" along with Gustavus professors Larry Potts (chemistry) and Deane Curtin (philosophy). He provided two public lectures, "The Science and Politics of Climate" and "The Universe As a Home for Life."