Prof. Stephen Hawking to be Officially Welcomed on June 20

The Honourable Tony Clement, Industry Canada Minister, and the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, will officially welcome Prof. Hawking to Canada in advance of his special televised broadcast.

Hawking at the Perimeter Logo

Professor Stephen Hawking is a Distinguished Research Chair at Canada's Perimeter Institute and, on June 20, 2010, he will be officially welcomed to Canada by the Honourable Tony Clement, Industry Canada Minister, and to the province by the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario. The greetings will be followed with a special presentation by Prof. Hawking. The activities will be broadcast on TVO on Sunday, June 20, 2010, at 8:00 pm EDT.

Dr. Neil Turok, PI Director, said, "We are very happy to have Stephen here doing science with other researchers at Perimeter Institute. On June 20, he will take time out to be welcomed by our many public and private partners, including the governments of Ontario and Canada, and to give a special broadcast lecture. Stephen is an exceptional communicator, and we are delighted to be able to share his talk on television. We are also looking forward to his impressions of the ‘Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute’ now under construction."

This past October, when the expansion to PI's facility was named in his honour, Professor Hawking said, "Our field of theoretical physics has been the most successful and cost-effective in all of science. Where would we be today without Newton, Maxwell and Einstein? Many great challenges lie ahead. Where this new understanding will lead, is impossible to say for sure. What we can say with confidence is that expanding the perimeter of our knowledge will be the key to our future."

About Professor Hawking

Prof. Stephen Hawking has made several extraordinary contributions to fundamental theoretical physics, especially in establishing the classical and quantum properties of black holes and in building quantum gravitational theories of the origin of the universe and structures within it. His most celebrated work was the theoretical prediction that black holes should emit radiation, known as Hawking radiation. In keeping with university policy, Prof. Hawking retired as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University in 2009, the year he turned 67. He has authored many popular books, from A Brief History of Time (1988) to George's Secret Key to the Universe (2007).

Although this will be Prof. Hawking's first visit to PI, he already has many connections to the Institute. Prof. Hawking holds a Distinguished Research Chair at PI, which will see him regularly visit for extended periods to conduct scientific research. He is also a Patron of the innovative Perimeter Scholars International, a Masters program that nurtures future physics researchers. Prof. Hawking was also Honorary President of the Quantum to Cosmos: Ideas for the Future Festival, celebrating the 10th anniversary of PI, and he took part in PI's award winning documentary, Revealing our Weird and Wired Future.

As Prof. Hawking will be conducting private, scientific research activities at Perimeter, the June 20 event is the only scheduled appearance and will viewable on TVO on June 20 at 8:00 pm EDT, followed by a rebroadcast of The Quantum Tamers.


Youth Video Contest Winners To Take Part

The June 20 broadcast will also include playbacks of I Love Science video contest entries by students from across Canada. The contest was held from April 10 to May 10 for a chance to win an all-expenses paid round trip to Perimeter Institute to be part of the Hawking at the Perimeter activities. On May 19, the Grand Prize winners were announced:

The PI Outreach team wishes to thank all participants for sharing their passion for science on video. >>View all entries.

Learn more

Background information about a diverse range of areas related to Prof. Hawking's research interests can be located throughout Perimeter's outreach web pages. The What We Research section provides introductions on cosmology, quantum gravity, quantum information, particle physics, and other areas. The Power of Ideas explores conceptual frameworks and unifications. You can view online clips from the documentary The Quantum Tamers and enjoy full length talks from the PI Public Lecture Series. Other multimedia resources include The Mystery of Dark Matter and The Challenge of Quantum Reality, which are also available as in-class resources for educators.


About TVO

TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens through educational media. The TVO signal can be found across Canada on Bell TV channel 265 or Shaw Direct channel 353. You will also find TVO on channel 2 via cable or over-the-air in most areas of Ontario.

"Something TVO does really well is to bring big ideas and bright minds into homes across Canada," says Lisa de Wilde, TVO's Chief Executive Officer. "And they don't come any bigger or brighter than Professor Hawking's." Adds de Wilde, "TVO is delighted to once again join forces with Canada's Perimeter Institute to support scientific literacy. We couldn't ask for a more powerful follow-up to last year's collaboration on the Quantum to Cosmos Festival."

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About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement.

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