Mr Abbey, previously Director of the NASA Johnson Space Centre and now Senior Fellow in Space Policy at the Baker Institute, Rice University, Houston, gave the annual Richard Burton lecture on 25 April at Swansea University. We were honoured and delighted to welcome him.
See pictures from the event and from Mr Abbey's time at NASA.
George Abbey was born in Seattle. His mother was from Laugharne, and Mr Abbey has a continued interest in Wales and his Welsh heritage. He is an Honorary Fellow of Swansea University.
Former National Poet of Wales and current Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Swansea University, Gwyneth Lewis, introduced the lecture with a reading from Zero Gravity, an award-winning collection of poems based on the experiences of her Welsh-American cousin, Joe Tanner, who went up in the space shuttle Discovery.