Telescope conference marks 400th anniversary of telescope patent

Sept. 18, 2008
September 18, 2008--An conference entitled, "400 Years of Astronomical Telescopes -- A Review of History, Science and Technology" begins Sept. 29 in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

September 18, 2008--The first telescope patent filed in September 1608 paved the way for the development of modern astronomical telescope technology, a fact that will be the central focus of a conference beginning Sept. 29th in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The conference, titled "400 Years of Astronomical Telescopes — A Review of History, Science and Technology," will take place at the European Space Agency/ European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. The timing celebrates filing of a patent for an early telescope design by eye-glass maker Hans Lipperhey, which rendered the technology available for public use. Other patent applications, design improvements, and applications soon followed, including the first astronomical observations through a telescope, made by Galileo Galilei in 1610.

A program of invited speakers will review 400 years of developments in optical and non-optical telescopes, world-famous observatories, key technologies and components, the interplay of scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs, and political and sociological aspects, and will speculate about the future of astronomical telescope technology.

Experts will present on these topics, including Albert Van Helden, George Rieke, Riccardo Giacconi, Reinhard Genzel, Lo Woltjer, Roger Angel, Malcolm Longair, Virginia Trimble, Bob O'Dell, Martin Harwit, and Tim de Zeeuw. Poster papers will also be presented and considered for inclusion in a volume with the invited talks.

Bernhard Brandl is chair of the Symposium Organizing Committee and Remko Stuik chairs the Local Organizing Committee; both are from Leiden University. SPIE Europe is among several cooperating organizations and sponsors of the event.

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