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Norwegian physicist Alv Egeland to speak Saturday at Augsburg College

Oct. 13, 1998

Dr. Alv Egeland, a professor of physics at the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway, will speak on the "History of the Aurora: From the Viking Era to the Space Age" at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Augsburg College.

Egeland will speak for 15-20 minutes in Augsburg's Science Hall Auditorium (707 21st Avenue South) as part of a celebration of Augsburg's renovated physics facilities. The celebration is free and open to the public. After Egeland's speech, there will be a question and answer period followed by an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony in the lower level of the Science Building and tour of the renovated physics labs.

Egeland has authored over 150 scientific papers on aurora and space physics, 50 papers on popular physics, and eight books, including "Cosmical Geophysics," which has been translated into English, Russian, and Chinese. As a guest researcher at many universities and research institutes, he has traveled throughout the world and is also the winner of the 1973 Nansen Prize and Medal from the Norwegian Academy.

In researching the northern lights for the last 30 years, Egeland has traveled to Norway, Sweden, Canada and the United States to study the phenomena. Other areas of research include rocket and satellite-aided auroral studies and studies of the dayside aurora.