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British theoretical physicist


Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States in 2009.

Stephen Hawking Info

Birth nameStephen William Hawking
Date of BirthJanuary 8, 1942
Place of BirthOxford, England, United Kingdom
ResidenceEngland, United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Oxford, University of Cambridge
Known forBlack holes, Theoretical cosmology, Quantum gravity, Hawking Radiation
InfluencesDikran Tahta
FieldsApplied mathematician, Theoretical physicist
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Doctoral advisorDennis Sciama
Other academic advisorsRobert Berman
Doctoral studentsBruce Allen, Raphael Bousso, Fay Dowker, Malcolm Perry, Bernard Carr, Gary Gibbons, Harvey Reall, Don Page, Tim Prestidge, Raymond Laflamme, Julian Luttrell
Notable awardsPrince of Asturias Award (1989), Copley Medal (2006), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009)
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 To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like... advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach. 
— Stephen Hawking / April 2010
 If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans, 
— Stephen Hawking on Aliens / April 2010
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 If they (aliens) wanted to use our solar system, for some super project, our complaints would be like an ant colony protesting the laying of a parking lot, 
— Stephen Hawking on Aliens / April 2010