UK attempt to smash the World Record for the longest lecture by astronomer and STEM broadcaster and author, Mark Thompson
In October 2015 Mark produced and performed a charity fund raising 24 hour space lectures. Four years on and fully recovered from the physical and mental challenge he is now setting his sights on attempting to break the World Record for the longest lecture. The current record was set in 2014 by Arvind Mishra from the Graphic Era University in India who lectured for 139 hours, 42 minutes and 56 seconds on Scientific Computation. That’s the equivalent of lecturing for over FIVE AND A HALF DAYS!
During the Norwich Science Festival in Oct 2019, Mark went two nights without sleep to test his ability to lecture when sleep deprived and after 58 hours awake performed a one hour lecture. His warm-up lecture “Introduction to the Universe – Sleep Not Essential” went without a hitch despite referring to ‘hedrogen’ when talking about hydrogen, helium and stellar evolution! When asked how the lecture went Simon Fox from the Youth STEMM award reported “Disappointingly Slick!”. It seems Mark has the psychological stamina to try and smash the World Record so the attempt is on….
Mark is one of the Barnardo’s ambassadors and as someone who got interested in science as a ten year old boy when he saw Saturn through a telescope, he believes in Barnardo’s motto ‘Believe in Children’ so this world record attempt will be dedicated to Barnardo’s children everywhere and raise thousands of pounds for his favourite charity.
Donations can be made on the Just Giving page for the event.
Mark is always keen to seek science outreach opportunities and this sleep deprived experience presents a great opportunity. Checkout the information on Mark’s Bio-Data Page for more information.
World Record Attempt Countdown
You can now reserve your place to watch Mark during his world record attempt. Places can be reserved for four hour sessions over at the University of East Anglia website
History of Astronomy
The Inner Solar System
Earth and Moon
Life in the Universe
The Middle of the Solar System
The Outer Solar System
Astronomical Top Ten’s
Astronomical Pick and Mix
Mark’s world record attempt will start at 10am on 12 September 2020 at the University of East Anglia when he will present his “Ultimate Guide to the Universe”. Check back here for updates and follow the official accounts on twitter at @gwrlecture or Instagram @markthompsonastronomer
Thank you to the supporters of Mark’s world record attempt…so far