"Inge Lehmann and the rise of international seismology, 1925-1970" by Dr. Lif Lund Jacobsen, assistant professor at the Danish National Archive
20th June 2017
The next DIAS seminar will be on Tuesday 20/06/2017 at 16.00, with a lecture by Dr. Lif Lund Jacobsen, assistant professor at the Danish National Archive:
Inge Lehmann and the rise of international seismology, 1925-1970
Danish seismologist Inge Lehmann (1888-1993) is best known for presenting the first evidence of the Earth’s inner core in 1936. Her active research career as a seismologist began in 1928, continued well into the 1970s, and earned her the reputation as “the grande dame” of modern seismology.
During Inge Lehmann’s lifetime, seismology, the study of earthquakes and propagation of elastic waves through the Earth, developed from a small, isolated discipline to a large, well-funded research area. This growth took place against the backdrop of the Cold War with its political and military agendas. Seismology attracted special interest because it provided tools for the detection of nuclear weapons tests.
Lehmann’s career reflects some of the fundamental changes that seismological research underwent during her lifetime and provides an account of the beginning and development of modern seismology and the role of Cold War politics in it.
Dr. Lif Lund Jacobsen is an assistant professor at Danish National Archive where she is currently working on a book-project about Danish scientist Inge Lehmann and the rise of international seismology, 1925-1970. Her research is focused on history of science, science & policy and environmental history in the 20th century and is based upon archival research and studies of historic publications. She is a history graduate from University of Southern Denmark and in 2010 received her PhD from University of Tasmania, Australia. Her first postdoc was at Centre for Science Studies, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Aarhus where she worked on a project about science in Greenland during the Cold War. She is an associated researcher at the Niels Bohr Library and a visiting researcher fellow at Environmental Humanities at Trinity College.
The seminar will be held at the DIAS Geophysics Library, 5 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 at 4pm.