Philosophical Society of Washington

The Joseph Henry Lectures

Joseph Henry

For Joseph Henry, internationally-renowned physicist, leader of the American scientific community, professor at Princeton, and first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, societies were essential for the progress of science. Formal or informal, local or national, societies provided scientists the critical judgments and appreciation they needed. In helping to found the Philosophical Society of Washington, Henry attempted to make it the epitome of what a local scientific society should be.

In 1931 the Society inaugurated the Joseph Henry Lectures. They have been sponsored annually (except 1943) by the Society in honor of its first president.

Date Description
May 12, 1961
#1510

The 30th Joseph Henry Lecture

New Developments in High Magnetic Field Research

Francis Bitter

Transcript
May 11, 1962
#1526

The 31st Joseph Henry Lecture

The Theory of the Electron

F. Rohrlich

Transcript
May 10, 1991
#1979

The 60th Joseph Henry Lecture

The Case for Ending Drug Prohibition and The Emerging Alternative Addiction Paradigm

Joe G. Foreman

Abstract
May 15, 1992
#1997

The 61st Joseph Henry Lecture

Is It Possible to Construct a Perception Machine?

Gerald M. Edelman

May 14, 1993
#2013

The 62nd Joseph Henry Lecture

Origin, Evolution, and Distribution of Life in the Universe

Cyril Ponnamperuma

Abstract
May 13, 1994
#2029

The 63rd Joseph Henry Lecture

Environmental Influences on Brain Structure and Function

Marian Diamond

Abstract
May 12, 1995
#2045

The 64th Joseph Henry Lecture

Designer Brain: Receptor-Neurotransmitter Research, the Scientific and Social-Ethical Implications

Richard M. Restak

May 3, 1996
#2060

The 65th Joseph Henry Lecture

How do Protein Molecules Self-Assemble?

George D. Rose

May 2, 1997
#2075

The 66th Joseph Henry Lecture

Mars in Fact versus Fiction

Donna Lee Shirley

May 8, 1998
#2091

The 67th Joseph Henry Lecture

What Hubble Didn't Know About the Universe

Vera C. Rubin

May 7, 1999
#2106

The 68th Joseph Henry Lecture

Quantum Crystallography, a Tool for Enhancing Information from Crystallographic Data

Jerome Karle

Abstract
May 7, 1999
#2106

The 68th Joseph Henry Lecture

Visualization of an Ion Channel by use of Crystallography

Isabella Karle

Abstract
May 12, 2000
#2118

The 69th Joseph Henry Lecture

Global Warming: Hot Talk, Cold Science

S. Fred Singer

Abstract
May 11, 2001
#2132

The 70th Joseph Henry Lecture

The Human Computer and the Birth of the Information Age

David A. Grier

Abstract | Transcript
May 17, 2002
#2147

The 71st Joseph Henry Lecture

The Cholesterol Myths

Uffe Ravnskov

Abstract
May 16, 2003
#2163

The 72nd Joseph Henry Lecture

Biology and Humans in Space

Baruch Blumberg

Abstract
May 28, 2004
#2178

The 73rd Joseph Henry Lecture

Oceans and Human Health

A Symbiotic Relationship between People and the Sea

Rita R. Colwell

Abstract
May 13, 2005
#2193

The 74th Joseph Henry Lecture

Time, Einstein, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe

William Phillips

Abstract
May 12, 2006
#2207

The 75th Joseph Henry Lecture

Latest Scientific Results from the Mars Exploration Rovers

Jim Garvin

Abstract
May 11, 2007
#2223

The 76th Joseph Henry Lecture

The Very First Light

The True Inside Story of the Scientific Journey Back to the Dawn of the Universe

John Mather

This year's Henry Lecture is sponsored by Millstein & Taylor, PC.

Abstract
May 16, 2008
#2239

The 77th Joseph Henry Lecture

Arsenic in Ground Water

Aquatic Chemistry and Mitigation through a Sustainable Filtration Technology

Abul Hussam

This year's Henry Lecture is sponsored by Larry Millstein and Robin Taylor.

Abstract
May 1, 2009
#2255

The 78th Joseph Henry Lecture

Our Microbial Partners and Their Roles in Health and Disease

Claire M. Fraser-Liggett

Abstract
May 14, 2010
#2270

The 79th Joseph Henry Lecture

Cosmos and Culture

Life in the Universe and Its Implications for Humanity

Steven J. Dick

Abstract
May 20, 2011
#2286

The 80th Joseph Henry Lecture

2020 Vision:

A Decadal View of New Worlds and New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Debra Elmegreen

Abstract | Video
May 25, 2012
#2302

The 81st Joseph Henry Lecture

Synthesizing Life

Lee Cronin

Sponsored by Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, PC.

Abstract | Minutes | Video
May 10, 2013
#2318

The 82nd Joseph Henry Lecture

John P. Grotzinger

Curiosity's Robotic Exploration of Mars' Gale Crater

Sponsored by Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, PC

Abstract | Minutes | Video
May 9, 2014
#2334

The 83rd Joseph Henry Lecture

Craig C. Mello

A Worm's Tale: Secrets of Evolution and Immortality

Abstract | Video

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