World renowned theoretical physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking, gave the inaugural address in the Roger Penrose Public lecture series, which is running in recognition of his lifetime contribution across the mathematical sciences. Image credit: Graham CopeKoga
Professor Stephen Hawking, one of Oxford University’s most famous alumni, returned for a flying visit this week.
The world renowned theoretical physicist gave the inaugural address for the Oxford University Mathematical Institute’s Roger Penrose Public Lecture series, which is running in recognition of his lifetime contribution across the mathematical sciences.
Demand for a seat at Professor Hawking’s talk has been so high, that it is being broadcast live on Oxford’s Facebook page, after tickets sold out in record time.
As a long-time collaborator and friend of Professor Penrose, Hawking was the perfect choice to launch the series, with a lecture on the topic of quantum black holes.
Together, Professor Hawking and Penrose famously showed that Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity implied space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes.
Despite being diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease at just 21, Professor Hawking has gone on to achieve international acclaim, with 12 honorary degrees and is a Fellow of the Royal Society. His bibliography of popular books includes A Brief History of Time, the Universe in a Nutshell and Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, to name a few.
A Professor at Cambridge University’s Department for Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics, he studied Physics at Oxford University.
You can watch Professor Stephen Hawking’s lecture here