Professor Stephen W. Hawking

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News Archive 2009

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Cambridge, UK, 30th September

Stephen stepped down from the Lucasian chair after a historic 30 years.  He will continue working at the University of Cambridge as Director of Research at DAMTP.  He celebrated the occasion with a champagne reception at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology common room.




Cambridge, UK, 24th September

Stephen gave a lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. 


Geneva, Switzerland / France, 17th September

Stephen spent 10 days visiting CERN (home of the Large Hadron Collider), and UNIGE (the University of Geneva) which celebrates its 450th anniversary this year.  He gave a public lecture entitled The Creation of the Universe, which filled the Dufour theatre and (by video link) 10 other auditoria. He also gave a technical talk at CERN based on his discussions with Jimi Hartle and Thomas Hertog, on their theory of spontaneous creation of universes.


Washington DC, USA, 12th August

Today, at the White House, Professor Hawking was presented with a Presidential Freedom Award by United States President Barack Obama. The Presidential Freedom Award is America's highest civilian honour. Professor Hawking was among fifteen other recipients to have received the award, presented to individuals who make an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Perimeter Institute, near Toronto, Canada, planned for July

A summertime visit by Prof. Stephen Hawking to Waterloo, Ontario, is on hold for the moment as he recovers from his recent illness. 

Perimeter Institute Director, Prof. Neil Turok, says “Stephen is hugely supportive of Perimeter Institute, and he is as disappointed as we are that his visit has to be postponed. But for now, we must be patient and wish him a speedy recuperation."


Tuesday 21st April, Approx. 12:00 UK Time

Professor Hawking was kept in for observation at Addenbrooke's hospital this morning. He is comfortable and his family is looking forward to him making a full recovery.


Monday 20th April, Approx. 19:00 UK Time

Professor Hawking is comfortable, but will be spending the night in hospital. The Cambridge University Press Office have a statement to this effect.


Pasadena, CA, USA, March - April

Stephen gave 2 lectures around Los Angeles, one at the new Pasadena Convention Center and another at USC. 

Robert and Katrina Hawking, who live in Seattle, visited him in Pasadena.  Stephen was glad to see Rose, his first granddaughter, for the first time. (Stephen has three children: Robert, Lucy and Tim, and two grandsons: George is Rose's older brother and William is Lucy's son.)


Monday 6th April: Origins Symposium, Phoenix AZ, USA

This portion of the trip was regrettably cancelled due to concerns over Stephen's health.  His daughter Lucy appeared instead, and Stephen's lecture was given over the speakers in the auditorium.


Stephen's Birthday, 8th January

Prof. Hawking turns 67 today; here he is, opening his presents.  I gave him this USB Missile Launcher, a popular office toy, which allows him to fire foam missiles across the room.

He will "really" celebrate his birthday this Saturday, with a big dinner at this house in Cambridge.



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