Fifty years ago, the discovery of quasars transformed astronomy. Studies of quasars and other active galactic nuclei still are a major, vibrant, and developing part of astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this discovery, and honor Maarten Schmidt, whose insight into the nature of quasar spectra was a decisive milestone in the rise of this new field of research, in addition to his continued contributions ever since.

The meeting will consist of invited talks only, covering various aspects of the history and the current state of quasar research. Contributed papers are accepted as posters.  Please register early, since the attendance is limited by the size of the venue.

All the talks are now online! Click here to watch them.


Organized by the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy, and the Palomar Observatory
California Institute of Technology.