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Jeremiah Horrocks Institute launch

21st February 2009

The Centre for Astrophysics will transform into the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (JHI for short) over the course of 2009. This new institute draws in researchers making use of high-performance computing in areas as diverse as soft matter physics, bioinformatics and the structure of galaxies.

Jeremiah Horrocks was the first person to observe a Transit of Venus in 1639, at a stroke expanding the estimated size of the Universe significantly. These observations took place just outside Preston, where the University of Central Lancashire is based. 370 years later we are honouring his memory by naming our new Institute after him. You canlearn more about Horrocks and other important workers in astronomy with our Great Astronomers in History module (next available 2010 October).

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