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What can ‘Glass’ bring to the UN’s 2030 humanitarian goals?
Professor Emeritus John Parker, University of Sheffield
2022 has been designated as the UN International Year of Glass. My talk will explain what is behind the award: the human stories over millennia behind the making of ‘Glass’; why it’s become the material we look through and yet don’t see; how it can contribute to pressing human problems such as climate change, sustainability and health; and finally show how it enriches our culture through communications and the arts.
Emeritus Professor Parker joined the University of Cambridge in 1964; he achieved a first class MA in Natural Sciences, a PhD and for good measure added 2 years post-doctoral experience. He next moved to the department of Glass Technology at the University of Sheffield (1971-2009). His interests ranged from optical fibres, dental cements, defects in glass making, to glass structure and optical absorption. Although formally retired he still teaches in Sheffield and remains heavily involved in the Society of Glass Technology, as an Honorary Fellow. He is also an honorary member of the Deutsches Glastechnische Gesellshaft. For 21 years he was secretary of the International Commission on Glass Coordinating Technical Committee and still assists with their Winter (China) and Summer (France) Schools and has had a major role in organising the 2022 UN International Year of Glass. He has published 200 books, technical articles and reviews. As Curator of the Turner Museum of Glass, he frequently talks on the collection.
This lecture will be held on Zoom and invitations will be sent to YPS members and the general mailing list two days before the event. This is a free event but non members can help to cover our lecture programme costs by donating here: