Peking University welcomed world-famous astrophysicist, Alex Filippenko, to visit the campus. During the visit, Alex Filippenko delivered a public lecture at the Sunny Hall of the Ying Jie Conference Center on May 8, 2015.
Alex Filippenko is Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.A. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. As an enthusiastic instructor, Filippenko has been highly welcomed by students after he took a faculty position at UC Berkeley. He won numerous awards for his contributions to teaching and to the popularization of science. He was voted the “Best Professor” at UC Berkeley a record nine times by students, and in 2006 he was named “U.S. Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation. In 2004 he was awarded the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization. In 2009, Filippenko was elected member of the American National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors accorded to American scientists.