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David Aguilar

Director of Public Affairs and Science Information at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, David Aguilar’s expertise is in communicating the wonderment of science. He is past Director of the Fiske Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Colorado, former Director of Marketing Communications at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, and Marketing Director for the PBS Emmy-winning NOVA series Evolution. He is a scholar and enrichment lecturer for Harvard Alumni Tours and Smithsonian Journeys, and popular host of the long-running Harvard-Smithsonian CfA program “Observatory Nights.” On this voyage, David will focus on the history, myths, and contributions of British astronomy in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. The topics he plans to discuss include: Edmund Halley’s Great Comet of a.d. 1066 and the victory of William the Conqueror; the monster telescopes of Lord Rosse and William Herschel; the art and astronomy of John Nasmyth; and historic spirits of the British Isles.