Inspirational solar telescope built in the Caymans
A solar telescope designed and built in the Cayman Islands, the second largest in the Caribbean, is producing top quality images and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators.
Dr. William Hrudey, a retired surgeon from Canada moved to the Cayman Islands in 1997 after a successful medical career where he built his “dream” telescope. Although hurricane Ivan destroyed most of the first version in 2004, it was rebuilt and offered in donation to President Roy Bodden of the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) who opened the William Hrudey Observatory on Campus to house the telescope.
Hundreds of students have toured the observatory. Dr. Hrudey has played a role in the organisation of two very successful annual conferences on Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the Cayman Islands for students of all ages, teachers and the general public. These discuss a plethora of engaging topics such as forensic science to cyber security, helicopter flight to ballistics and paleontology to nuclear power.
“The main focus of this event is to inspire young minds. We want to get them interested and involved in STEM, which is going to change the way we live and work in the future,” says Roy Bodden, UCCI President.