Dalgarno Memorial Lectures

The Dalgarno Memorial Lectures, to honor the legacy of Alex Dalgarno's enormous contributions to AMO physics

and molecular astrophysics, were inaugurated in 2016 and endowed at Harvard University in 2019.

If you'd wish to donate to the endowment fund, please go here.

Select the following:

School or Affiliate: select -  Faculty of Arts and Science

Select a Fund:  select - Other FAS

Other Fund Name:  Type in - Dalgarno Memorial Lecture Fund

If you'd wish to make suggestions for future Dalgarno lecturers, please go here.

Past lectures in the series and listed below, click on the title of the talk to watch the video.


Selection Committee Members: 

  • John Black (Chalmers)
  • John Doyle (Harvard Physics)
  • Karin Öberg (Harvard Astronomy)
  • Hossein Sadeghpour (Chair) (ITAMP) 

Jun Ye - JILA (download flyer)

Feb 5, 2024, 4:30 pm

Physics Colloquium, Jefferson 250, 17 Oxford St. - "Celebrating Dalgarno's Serendipitous Journey - Building atomic clocksfor fundamental physics"

Feb 6, 2024, 1:30 pm

CfA Colloquium, Phillips Auditorium, Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St. "Quantum degenerate gas of polar molecules"

Feb 8, 2024 10:00 am 

301 Pierce Hall "Molecules under new light"

Prof. David Neufeld, Johns Hopkins University (download flyer)

April 26, 2022, 2:00 pmCase Studies in Molecular Astrophysics: I. Probing the Diffuse Interstellar Medium with Light Hydrides - Pratt Conference Room, Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St. 
April 28, 2022, 4:00 pmDiscovery of the Helium Hydride Ion in the Young Planetary Nebula NGC 7027, a Unique Astrophysical Laboratory for the Study of Molecular Processes - CfA Colloquium, Phillips Auditorium, Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St. 
April 29, 2022, 10:00 amCase Studies in Molecular Astrophysics: II. Molecular Emissions from Interstellar Shocks - Pratt Conference Room, Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St.  

Prof. John Bohn, University of Colorado Boulder, JILA 

October 7, 2019The Electric Beaker: Prospects for Controlling Chemistry in Ultracold Gases, Physics Colloquium 
October 8, 2019Every Dipole Has its Moment  
October 10, 2019Agents of Shield: Protecting Molecules From Inelastic Collisions  

Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck, Leiden University

March 26, 2018Photon-induced Chemistry in Space
March 28, 2018Water in Space: How, Where and When?
March 29, 2018Molecules from Clouds it Disks and Planets: Building on Dalgarno's Legacy

Prof. Tilman Pfau, University of Stuttgart

May 4, 2016Strongly Interacting Rydberg Gases in Thermal Vapor Cells
May 5, 2016Ultracold Dipolar Gases: From Chromium to Lanthanides
May 10, 2016A Single Charge in a Bode-Eistein Condensate: from Two- to Few- to Many-Body Physics