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The luncheon and meeting will be held in the ‘Lounge’ on the second floor which can be accessed by the stairs or an elevator. There is parking adjacent to the Centre.

The guest speaker is Dr. Alan Batten  who will be speaking on the topic, ‘Science/Religion and the Mistrust of Institutions’. In the fall Dr. Batten gave a talk on this subject as one of a five part series presented at Christ Church Cathedral; it was well received and most interesting. Dr. Batten worked for over half a century at the at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory here in Victoria. 

Dr. Alan Batten was born in Britain in 1933 and educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School and the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester. He came to Canada in 1959 on a post-doctoral fellowship at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria and was later invited to join the permanent staff and worked there for over half a century. Having learned to ring in Britain, he was delighted, on his first evening in Victoria, to hear the Cathedral bells and promptly joined the team. He has now been ringing those bells for 60 years (not continuously!). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1977, and served as a Vice-President of the International Astronomical Union from 1985 to 1991. He has also served as President of both the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Canadian Astronomical Society. In addition to over 200 professional papers published during his career, he has written three books, the most recent being Our Enigmatic Universe: One Astronomer’s reflections on the Human Condition, published in 2011. In retirement he worked with astronomers in developing countries, and has continued to work on the history of astronomy and the relations of science and religion. 

Please contact Earl Jenson (778-265-4198) or Cyril Nasim (250-383-0400) if you need a ride.