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The Incredible Impact of Lord Kelvin

June 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm BST

Register to see the conversation on the 26th June

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This webinar will be available at 9:00am, 4:00pm and 8:00pm on the 26th of June.


The IOR is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Lord Kelvin this World Refrigeration Day.

Lord Kelvin is often considered the founder of mechanical refrigeration but he achieved so much more during his illustrious and industrious career.  This lively discussion will help raise awareness of Lord Kelvin’s contribution to scientific advancement.

Our two panellists are discussing the life and legacy of the man who formulated the second law of thermodynamics – which states that heat will not flow from a colder to a hotter body.  Hear why Lord Kelvin’s contribution is still important and its relevance to refrigeration and the world today

Event Panel

Dr Helen Czerski, University College London  Helen C 2023 Credit Emma GIbson

Helen is a physicist, first and foremost, but she’s acquired a few other labels along the way: oceanographer, presenter, author and bubble enthusiast. She runs her own research programme at University College London on the physics of oceanic bubbles. Helen’s enthusiasm and expertise have led to her role as a broadcaster which enables her to share her love of science with a larger audience. She has presented documentaries on a wide range of subjects relating to physics in general, and also atmospheric and ocean science. She is passionate about conveying the beauty and ingenuity of the physical world around us, and the perspective on the world that science provides. In addition to presenting, she is a writer and speaker, and also regularly hosts and chairs science events. (photo by Emma GIbson)


Alok Jha – Journalist, Author and BroadcasterAlok Jha image

Alok Jha is the science and technology editor for The Economist, writing on everything from cosmology to particle physics and stem cells to climate change. Alok also hosts “Babbage”, the Economist’s weekly podcast on science and technology. Before that, he was science correspondent for ITN and The Guardian, covering daily news and current affairs for more than a decade. He has also written and presented multiple TV and radio documentary series for the BBC. In 2018, he spent a year as a Wellcome fellow, developing new storytelling formats for complex topics.

He has reported from all over the world, including live from Antarctica, and is also the author of three popular science books, including The Water Book (Headline, 2015).


June 26
9:00 am - 5:00 pm BST
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IOR Institute of Refrigeration
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