Cruise Ship Speakers

General Science
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Dr William Bendel
Journey Through Space and Time
Coming from: Westminster,  Colorado  USA
Dr. Bill Bendel is an internationally recognized educator and has worked in partnership with NASA and the European Space Agency bringing innovative visualizations of the solar system’s planets and moons to worldwide audiences. His contemporary lectures include the latest news on Mars, Elon Musk and Exoplanets. He enjoys traveling and using his anecdotal lecturing style to make complex subjects easy to understand and to entertain cruise audiences about the mysteries of the universe. Dr. Bendel has provided enrichment lectures over the past 18 years to cruise ship audiences.

Dr Carin Bondar
Nature, Wildlife & Biology
Coming from: Chilliwack,  British Columbia  Canada
Dr. Carin Bondar is a biologist, author, TV host and public speaker from British Columbia Canada. She is an accomplished science storyteller, with a number of television credits including National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and The Science Channel. Dr. Bondar is writer and host of the online smash hit series 'Wild Sex', which has amassed over 100,000,000 views. In addition to her media work, Bondar is also an adventurer and naturalist. This allows her to craft lecture performances that are specific to any region of the world, any ecosystem or any specific port destination.

Harriet Brettle
Planetary Science & Space
B.Sc. PG Cert, FRAS
Coming from: Pasadena,  California  USA
Harriet is a PhD student in planetary sciences at the California Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on Jupiter and the Galilean moons; she is currently observing Europa using the Keck telescope on Hawaii and, separately, modelling storms on Jupiter their stability. As an active science communicator, Harriet is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for space exploration with the public. She has covered the space industry for a number of organizations and regularly gives talks ranging from stand-up pub talks to school workshops.

Dr Michael Chriss
Astronomy, History of Science & Astronomy
Coming from: Tucson,  Arizona  USA
Michael Chriss has spent a lifetime in teaching and popularizing science through public lectures and planetarium programs. He was Professor of Astronomy and Humanities at the College of San Mateo, and its Planetarium Director. He received his degrees in astronomy at the University of Arizona with further studies in History of Art and Science at Berkeley, Stanford, and Oxford University. Since 1985, when Halley's Comet appeared in the skies, he has lectured aboard cruise ships on astronomy and other topics. He currently is Associate Lecturer in Astronomy at the University of Arizona.University of Arizona.

Edmund Derbyshire
Space & Satellites
Coming from: Havant,  Hampshire  UK
Ed first learned to walk on a ship bound for Australia where he spent seven years before returning to the UK in 1967 where he attended the local grammar school. In 1975 he joining the Merchant Navy as a Radio Officer before entering the space industry for the next 30 years working with a number of major satellite design, launch and operation companies. Ed is a capable and experienced speaker and is very keen to share his experiences with people in a friendly and easily digestable way.

Dr Ed Krupp
Director of the Griffith Observatory
Coming from: Loas Angeles,  California  USA
Dr Krupp is an Astronomer and Director of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. He attended Pomona College as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. at U.C.L.A. He started his career at Griffith Observatory in 1970, while still a graduate student, as a part-time planetarium lecturer and presented shows to all ages. Krupp is a member of the American Astronomical Society and the International Astronomical Union, and has served in several divisions and commissions of both organizations. He has presented many hundreds of public lectures and has appeared in numerous television and radio programs.

Professor John Lattanzio
Astronomy, Astrophysics & Astrobiology
Life in the universe
Coming from: Glen Waverley,  VIC  Australia
John is a Professor of astrophysics at Monash University. His specialty research areas are the lives of stars and the search for life in the Universe. He has published over 250 research papers, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in the UK, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia. He is the President of the International Astronomical Union's Commission on "Stellar Evolution ". John has a long record of delivering extremely successful and popular lectures to professional astronomers as well as the public.

Professor John Lobell
Art, Architecture & Design
Coming from: New York,    USA
John Lobell has a widely ranging mind addressing the future, technology, art, architecture, myths and movies, culture, and creativity. He received degrees in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and is a professor of architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He has lectured at leading cultural institutions and on cruise ships throughout the world. Lobell is an informative but casual speaker who comfortably interacts with his audiences and encourages questions and discussion. He enjoys making complex issues, such as our latest technologies, clear.

John Maclean
Astronomy & Astrophysics
FRAS (Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society)
Coming from: Exeter,  Devon  UK
John is an experienced Science Communicator in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is an award winning Astro Photographer. He has a special interest in Cometary science and is a member of the UK Meteor Monitoring Network as well as participating as a communicator for NASA and ESA space missions. John is an experienced presenter with an engaging and humorous style accompanied with extremely professional graphic and audio presentations. John has the ability to communicate scientific concepts in a way that the audience both enjoys and understands. He is also able to provide "Stargazing" nights on board and can lead Aurora expeditions.

John McCabe
Travel, Academia & Entertainment
Coming from: Hexham,  Northumberland  UK
Professor John McCabe worked as an academic in Dentistry and Materials Science for over 40 years, first at the University of Birmingham (1972-1977) and then at the University of Newcastle (1977-2010). After retirement he was appointed Emeritus Professor in Dental Materials Science. He has published widely with over 300 scientific papers and undergraduate textbooks on dental materials. He has travelled extensively and lectured throughout the world and has been privileged to host and supervise researchers from a large number of countries. His talks are all based on his own personal experiences and are designed to entertain but with a little education thrown in!

Lindsay Murray
Coming from: Gretna,  Dumfries and Galloway  UK
Lindsay Murray is a graduate biologist with something in excess of 30 years professional experience both in the UK and overseas, employed variously in clinical and veterinary microbiology, radiation protection, research management, and latterly in health and safety and research ethics. He regularly lectures on a wide range of science related topics to diverse audiences, and has a particular interest in public engagement with science.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Nijensohn
Cultural Historian
Professor of Neurosurgery, MD, MS, PhD, FACS, FAANS (L)
Coming from: Fairfield,  Connecticut  USA
Dr. Daniel E. Nijensohn was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, where he graduated in the National University of Cuyo Medical School with an MD degree. He interned at the University of Buenos Aires teaching hospitals, followed by a surgical internship at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center. He subsequently moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he trained as a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Nijensohn is an Honorary (Emeritus) Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University. He has lectured extensively including on about 30 ocean cruises. His interests include History, Geography, Biology, the Arts, Science, World Affairs and/or Extraordinary Lives.

Dr Peter Roberts
Geology, Climatology and Oceanography
Coming from: Macclesfield,  Cheshire  UK
Prof Dr Peter Roberts is a retired professor of Geology. He has a first degree in geology and two higher degrees including his doctorate. Peter has been retained by many major international companies over the past 50 years to create and give professional-level PowerPoint presentations concerning a wide variety of topics. He is very widely travelled and has, over the course of his life, spoken thirteen different languages. Now, for the first time, he is making himself available to talk to cruise liner clientele, who will be amazed at the fascinating anecdotes he can tell them.

Harry M Strong
Ocean science & Meteorology
Coming from: Oak Hill,  Fairfax  USA
Harry M Strong worked for a nonprofit corporation for 38 years, spending the last 15 years supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, D.C., addressing a broad range of environmental issues. He is the President of HMS Consulting, LLC, has been a special interest speaker and visiting scientist on numerous cruise ships, speaking on “Our One Ocean”. This series of talks is crafted to entertain, inform and educate the ship’s guests on various ocean topics, emphasizing that our “global society” has but “One Ocean” and we all share in its fruits, its opportunities, its problems, its heritage and its potential.

Dr James Teslow
Space Science, Astronomy & Engineering
PhD Rockets, Star-gazing
Coming from: Camano Island,  Washington  USA
Dr. James Teslow is an educator who also practiced aerospace engineering for 30 years. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, and two Masters degrees and a PhD at the University of Colorado. His engineering positions included work in the areas of liquid and solid rocket propulsion system analysis and design, launch support, new technology research, and business development. James has taught several classroom and online courses in educational technology, research methods, and instructional development as an adjunct professor.

Steve Tonkin
Coming from: Fordingbridge,  Hampshire  UK
Steve Tonkin has had a passion for astronomy since childhood. He is an astronomy writer, teacher, and public speaker who has been actively engaged in public astronomy outreach for over a thirty years. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2000. He has authored and/or edited several books for Springer Verlag’s Practical Astronomy series. Steve has led public observing at Stargazing Live events, and continues to run courses and workshops for people new to astronomy.

Michael Tribe
Science & Sports History
BSc., PhD, PGCE, C.Biol. FRSB
Coming from: Eastbourne,  East Sussex  UK
Mike Tribe attended both Durham & Cambridge universities as a student, followed by 3 years as Head of Biology at a London school, before taking up a Lectureship at Sussex University. Mike has always enjoyed the challenges of teaching, especially communicating difficult scientific ideas in ways understandable to non-scientists. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 1978 and given an award for Excellence in Teaching by Sussex Alumni Society in 1999. He loves talking about most sports and was a County athlete and Cambridge Blue in his youth.

Frank Weare
Architecture, World Heritage, Science & Technology
Coming from: London,    UK
Frank studied mechanical engineering in Bristol followed by a postgraduate diploma course at Imperial College London. During the last 30 he has lectured on architectural engineering, civil and structural engineering at the University of Westminster, being involved with architectural building design, construction and management. He has been involved with churches, cathedrals, both ancient and modern, industrial, commercial buildings and bridge structures. Since taking early retirement from the university he is now an independent consultant undertaking civil and structural engineering design work.

John Wilcock
Archaeology, History, Science & Computing
MA(Oxon), BSc, PhD, CEng, FIET, FBCS, CITP
Coming from: Stafford,  Staffordshire  UK
Dr John Wilcock read Physics at Oxford University then worked for 7 years as an Engineer in the computer industry (1st and 2nd generations), before entering academia in 1969. He was one of the first world practitioners in Computer Archaeology (the application of computers to archaeological research). Categories include Archaeology, Egyptology, History, Computing, Espionage, Codes & ciphers, Science, Geology and Music. See full profile for suggested list of stand-alone and destination-based topics.

Stephen Wilson
Coming from: Whitehaven,    UK
Stephen has had a scientific career of over 35 years working in the nuclear industry, mainly at Sellafield – where he continues to work today. His scientific career started with a test tube, some uranium and a pen and paper - as there were no computers - culminating in the operation of a multi billion pound chemical plant employing 2000 people. His visual presentation of science, interspersed with everyday anecdotes allows a wide range of audiences to enjoy chemistry as an everyday science. Stephen’s speciality is weaving together scientific history, whilst linking to current scientific thinking.

Alan Wright
Astronomy & Physical Sciences
Coming from: Wynyard,  Tasmania  Australia
Alan Wright has been a professional research astronomer for over 50 years, much of that time as the Chief Astronomer & Head of Operations at the world-famous Parkes Observatory in Australia, known to many as “The Dish”. He is a multiple graduate of London University and has worked in Canada, the USA and several European countries, as well as in Australia. Recently retired, he retains his passion for astronomy and takes a very active interest in all modern astronomical discoveries. He is also a dynamic and popular speaker who specialises in making “tricky” scientific subjects understandable to everybody.