Hillary Adrienne Sanctuary


At the Cape Town Observatory, by Yabebal Tadesse (c).

I am from Montreal, Canada.  I have a MSc diploma in engineering physics from EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), Switzerland.  I am currently finishing my PhD at the University of Geneva on alternative theories of gravity.

What inspired you to study science?

The night sky.  We had a cottage by a small lake just north of Montreal and far from light pollution.  At night, I used to row out into the middle of the lake and watch celestial events unfold —  like meteor showers, the Northern Lights and comet Hale-Bopp. These events inspired me to investigate the nature of things, and to ponder upon our existence here on Earth, in the Solar System and beyond.

Do you have a role model in science?

Madame Marie Curie.

A quote that inspires you?

I find many quotes inspirational, here are a few:

“Je n’ai point d’espoir de sortir par moi de ma solitude. La pierre n’a point d’espoir d’être autre chose que pierre. Mais de collaborer, elle s’assemble et devient temple. Citadelle je te bâtirai dans le coeur de l’homme.”
– Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Citadelle.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
– Albert Einstein

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”
– Edgar Allan Poe

Moonlit Cactus, Sutherland  during a visit to SAAO, by Hillary Sanctuary (c).

Moonlit Cactus, Sutherland during a visit to SAAO, by Hillary Sanctuary (c).

Research interests

Theories of Gravitation
Gravitational Wave Astronomy

A list of all Hillary’s papers can be found here.

Favourite references:

“General Relativity” by R. Wald
“Theory and Experiment in gravitational physics” by C. Will.
“Notes on black-hole evaporation” by W. Unruh.

Hillary visited the group in August 2010 and again for 3 weeks in January 2011

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