For thousands of years humans have looked up to the sky asking questions like: How big is the universe, how old is it? How did it begin, how will it end? We want to know what there was before, how the stars are made and how did life begin, and more. It's only been in the last 50 or so years we’ve been able to start answering these questions, and more, due to the likes of the Hubble Space Telescope and now the James Webb Space Telescope. Marty Yellin will offer an overview of the fascinating and often mindboggling discoveries made by these telescopes. We now have a better understanding of how, starting from absolutely nothing, we are where we are today.
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Marty Yellin received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from CCNY. In 1965 he joined Perkin-Elmer in Wilton, which helped support his doctorate in Bio Medical Engineering at NYU applying engineering solutions to medical issues. At Perkin-Elmer he became involved with a top secret program to design and build the largest spy satellite ever to be flown in space .. In his last ten years at Perkin Elmer he helped design and manage the Hubble Space Telescope which has been the most productive space instrument ever built. After retirement in 1998 he resumed taking courses at NYU in the fields of genetics and cell biology. Since the launch of the Webb Telescope he has closely followed the amazing science it has, and will discover, especially in establishing if life exists on the exoplanets we are discovering.