Guildford Astronomical Society

Prof. Lewis Dartnell

Prof Lewis Dartnell - Credit: Lewis DartnellProf Lewis Dartnell
Credit: Lewis Dartnell

Lewis graduated from Oxford University with a First Class degree in Biological Sciences and completed his PhD at University College London in 2007. He now holds the Professorship in Science Communication at the University of Westminster. His research field is astrobiology and the search for microbial life on Mars. Lewis has held a STFC Science in Society Fellowship and am very active in delivering live events at schools and science festivals, working as a scientific consultant for the media, and have appeared in numerous TV documentaries and radio shows. He has published four books.
DateTalk at GAS meeting
3 Oct 2019Origins. How the Earth made us

When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars.
But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us? As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece; and today voting behaviour in the United States follows the bed of an ancient sea. The human story is the story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents.
How are the Himalayas linked to the orbit of the Earth, and to the formation of the British Isles? By taking us billions of years into our planet’s past, Professor Lewis Dartnell tells us the ultimate origin story. When we reach the point where history becomes science we see a vast web of connections that underwrites our modern world and helps us face the challenges of the future.