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Stephen Hawking

London, UK

The world's most famous living physicist

Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, University of Cambridge (1979-2009)

Author of multiple international best-sellers, including "A Brief History of Time" (1988)

Professor Stephen Hawking is widely regarded as one of the world’s most brilliant theoretical physicists. His best-selling books for a general audience have given an appreciation of physics to millions, and have probed the origins of the cosmos, the nature of time and the universe’s ultimate fate.

After holding the prestigious post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years, Stephen Hawking is now Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge, where he continues to contribute to both high-level physics and the popular understanding of our universe. A true academic celebrity, he uses his public appearances to raise awareness about potential global disasters – such as global warming – and to speak out for the future of humanity.

He has achieved commercial success with works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general; his book “A Brief History of Time” appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks, and is now available in more than 30 languages. He has also co-written a trilogy of children’s books with his daughter Lucy Hawking, explaining his work in science as a series of adventure stories for young readers.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of many awards, medals and prizes, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

Professor Hawking was diagnosed with ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, shortly after his 21st birthday. In spite of being wheelchair bound and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication, Stephen continues his research into theoretical physics together with an extensive programme of travel and public lectures.

Our Comment

"There are few scientists that can be said to have touched the public imagination. Professor Stephen Hawking is one such scientist. One of the most influential living popularisers of science, he asks the big questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and discusses how we might go about answering them."

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