Hogg Visitorship

Helen Sawyer Hogg Distinguished Visitorship

Helen Sawyer Hogg (1905-1993) was one of Canada’s most respected scientists. An internationally recognized astronomer, and a leading authority in the study of globular clusters, she was first and foremost a gifted and caring teacher. Indeed, until her death in January 1993, she was an active role model and visionary advocate for female students.

As a memorial tribute to this great scientist, the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto has established the Helen Sawyer Hogg Distinguished Visitorship. The Visitorship will bring a distinguished female scientist to the University on a regular basis to deliver both specialist and public lectures, and to interact with faculty members and graduate students in the astrophysical and related sciences. The Distinguished Visitor will also participate in the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Women in Science Forum.

By providing both concentrated interaction with specialists and broader public education, the Distinguished Visitor will continue Professor Hogg’s tradition of encouraging a public understanding of the wonders of the universe while inspiring women to pursue scientific careers.

The Visitorship will take place a minimum of once every three years and annually if funds permit.
Supporters of The Visitorship will be invited to attend public events.

For further information on The Visitorship contact: Chair, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, 50 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H4 (416) 978-1771.


Past Recipients of the Hogg Distinguished Visitorship



Professor Sheila Rowan of Glasgow University

Gravitational Waves: A New Astronomy (Public Lecture)

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 7:00pm.
Isabel Bader Theatre
91 Charles ST. W

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Professor Rowan will be visiting and lecturing in Toronto: October 5-7, 2016


Professor Victoria Kaspi of McGill University

The Cosmic Gift of Pulsars (Public Lecture)

Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Earth Science Centre Auditorium
5 Bancroft Ave, Toronto, Ontario

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Professor Kaspi will be visiting and lecturing in Toronto: March 14 – 20, 2012


Professor Andrea Ghez of UCLA

Unveiling a Supermassive Black Hole at the Centre of Our Galaxy (Public Lecture)

Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
JJR MacLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle, Toronto, Ontario

Professor Ghez will be visiting and lecturing in Toronto: March 24 – 28, 2008

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Professor Ewine F. van Dishoeck of Leiden University

From Molecules to Planets (Public Lecture)

Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle

Professor van Dishoeck will be visiting and lecturing in Toronto: January 17 – 21, 2005



Professor Wendy Freedman of Carnegie Institution Observatories

The Size and Age of the Universe (Public Lecture)

Tuesday, February 27, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle

The Hubble Space Telescope Key Project to Measure H(Specialized Lecture)

Monday, February 26, 2001, 2 p.m.
Room 161, University College
15 King’s College Circle

Measurement of Cosmological Parameters (Specialized Lecture)

Wednesday, February 28, 2001, 2 p.m.
Room 6, Tanz Neuroscience Building,
6 Queen’s Park Crescent West

Dr. Freedman will be visiting and lecturing in Toronto: February 26-March 1 2001



Professor Martha Haynes, of Cornell University

Dark Matter in Galaxies and the Universe (Public Lecture)

Wednesday March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Ontario Science Center
770 Don Mills Road

Dr. Haynes will be visiting and lecturing in Toronto: March 16-20, 1998