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LA High Table with Dr. Michael E. Brown
Join us for "How Pluto Was Re-Placed” with Dr. Michael E. Brown (Princeton ‘87)!

We invite Yale, MIT, and Princeton alums to join us for the Los Angeles High Table, a new every-other-month series aimed at showcasing dynamic speakers in an intimate setting. We especially welcome established alums in fields relevant to the talk and younger alums in all fields. This event features a talk by Dr. Michael E. Brown on planetary discovery and classification.

Date: Sunday, May 22nd

Time: 1pm – 3:30pm

Location: We are lucky to have this event at the Hancock Park home of Susan Friedlander. The address will be provided the Thursday prior to the event.

Price: $5. We also request you contribute a dish or drink to our potluck. Suggestions below.

Event format: 30 min mingling, 60 min High Table Program featuring Dr. Brown, 60 min networking and discussion post-talk with refreshments.

About The Speaker:

Dr. Michael E. Brown (Princeton '87) is a Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology.  His research focuses on the discovery and study of objects orbiting the sun on the outer edges of our solar system.  Dr. Brown's work has been recognized by many awards including the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, a Presidential Early Career Award, and a Richard P. Feynman Teaching Award.  In 2006, he appeared in a list of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

Dr. Brown found most of the dwarf planets that we now recognize.  He is best known for his 2005 discovery of Eris, a body more massive than and similar in size to Pluto.  The International Astronomical Union subsequently demoted Pluto to dwarf planet status in 2006 on the grounds that neither Pluto or Eris have sufficient gravitational pull to clear their vicinity of nearby objects.  Dr. Brown was in the news again earlier this year when he found similarities in the orbits of several distant objects that point towards the existence of "Planet Nine," a proposed outer planet 10 times the mass of earth.

Dr. Brown is the author of "How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming," a personal memoir detailing the events surrounding his discovery of Eris and the media attention that resulted.  His work has been quoted in numerous national and international news outlets, including feature articles in the New Yorker and New York Times.  He has authored over 100 scientific papers and has given many talks to both scientific and general audiences.

You can read more about Dr. Brown's work here: http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown

Potluck suggestions by first letter of your last name:

We ask that you please bring a dish to share for lunch. Suggestions by last name are below:

  • A-F Desserts / Drinks

  • G-O Salads / Appetizers

  • P-Z Main Dishes

Parking: Ample street parking.

Registration: Use the registration button at the top of this page here. Once the button disappears, use the form here to join our wait-list. Space is limited to 35 participants for the May High Table, so register early and be sure to attend!


For questions concerning registration for the upcoming High Table event, contact Jon at la.hightable.reg at gmail.com.

For all other inquiries (speaking at or hosting a future High Table event, helping to organize future events, etc.) write to Seth at la.hightable at gmail.com.

Event Information
Sunday, May 22 2016 at 1:00pm [ iCal ]

Hancock Park , CA

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