Annual Duncan Lecture

The Annual Duncan Lecture


M.M. "Dunc" Duncan

The Duncan Memorial Lecture, established in 2012 by Dora Duncan '48 in chemistry, commemorates her husband, Dr. M.M. "Dunc" Duncan, Jr., '49, a physics alumnus. An active amateur astronomer, it is with respect to his enduring interest in the field, combined with his penchant for exploration, discovery and knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics, that this lecture is dedicated. It is a free, annual astronomy lecture held at Auburn University open the entire community.


 A Auburn University Associate Professor Dennis Bodewits and Artist Ekaterina Smirnova spoke at the 2019 Duncan Lecture - Water in our solar system.

Dr. Dennis Bodewits speaking at the annual Duncan Lecture.

"Comets are the most primitive materials we can study," explained Dr. Bodewits. His lecture gave audience members insight into the formation of water in our solary system, the late heavy bombardment that took place 3.9 million years ago, how comets evolve, and how to use the molecular fingerprint of heavy water.

Dr. Bodewits at the Duncan Lecture.

View the artwork online of artist Ekaterina Smirnova.

Ekaterina Smirnova