Professor Harlow Shapley, director of the Harvard College Observatory, Professor Edward C. Jeffrey '99, authority of plant morphology, and Professor Kirsopp Lake, Winn professor of ecclesiastical history, are to be the three speakers for the first of the new series of symphosia at the University, which takes places in Emerson Hall on Tuesday evening, November 6, at 8 o'clock.
The general subject of the first symposium will be "The Origin of Life", and each professor will consider a certain special aspect of the subject. Professor Shapley is to discuss "Life throughout the Universe"; Professor Jeffrey will speak on "Early Phases of Terrestrial Life", and Professor Lake will treat "Life and Spirit".
Second Meeting Planned for December.
Early in December a second symposium will be held, the general subject being "Sound", and it is expected that the speakers will be Professor Frederick A. Saunders, of the department of physics, Dr. A. T. Davison '06, associate professor of music, and Professor George H. Parker '87, director of the Zoological Laboratory at the University. s
The meeting has been arranged by the Harvard chapter of Gamma Alpha, the national graduate scientific society, and will be open to all members of the University.
Speakers Well Versed on Subject
The speakers at the first symposium are especially well qualified to talk on the subject chosen. Professor Shapley was a graduate of the University of Missouri in 1910, and received his doctor's degree at Princeton in 1914. He was astronomer at Mt. Wilson Observatory in California from that time until he came to Harvard as director of the college observatory in 1921, now holding also the Paine professorship of practical astronomy. Dr. Shapley is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society in England as well as of other societies, and has made notable researches in photometry and spectroscopy.
Professor Jeffrey received his degree of A. B. at the University of Toronto in 1888, and a Doctor of Science degree in 1919, and at the University received his Ph.D. in 1898. Since 1902 Dr. Jeffrey has been teaching here, first as assistant professor of vegetable histology and now as professor of plant morphology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Canadian Institute.
Professor Lake was born in Southampton, England, and received his Bachelor's degree at Oxford in 1895, and his Master's degree in 1897. He was curate in Durham and Oxford until 1904 and then became a professor at the University of Leyden in Holland. In 1914 he came to the University as professor of early Christian Literature, and was named as Winn professor of ecclesiastical history in 1919. He is vice-president of the Churchmen's Union of England.