Prof. Wendy Freedman, one of the world’s leading cosmologists, has been named the speaker for the University of Chicago’s Convocation ceremony, which will be held June 4 on the Main Quadrangles.
Among her scientific achievements, Freedman led the team that made a landmark measurement in 2001 of the Hubble constant—the rate at which the universe is expanding. She also led the initiative to build the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will be one of the world’s three largest optical telescopes, capable of exploring the cosmos with unprecedented clarity and sensitivity.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to address the members of this graduating class, who I know have persevered through extraordinary circumstances to attain their degrees,” said Freedman, the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College. “I am looking forward to marking the achievements of the wonderfully bright, curious and talented scholars of this university, and to celebrate both the journey that lies behind them and the one that is just beginning.”