Update July 21, 2015: Tickets for Stephen Hawking’s lecture are now sold out.
On Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, Stephen Hawking will present a public lecture entitled “Quantum Black Holes” at 7 p.m. at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre. Carol L. Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will provide welcoming remarks and introduce Stephen Hawking.
Hawking, one of the greatest minds of the modern age and a cultural icon admired by millions worldwide, has dedicated his career to studying the basic laws that govern the universe. With Roger Penrose, Hawking 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. These results indicated that it was necessary to unify General Relativity with Quantum Theory, the other great scientific development of the first half of the 20th century. He also discovered Hawking Radiation in 1973 and the black hole entropy law, known as the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy of black holes.
Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1979 until 2009 at the University of Cambridge. He received a first class honors degree in natural science from University College, Oxford, and a doctorate in cosmology from the University of Cambridge. He has twelve honorary degrees, was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1982 and was made a Companion of Honour in 1989. He is the recipient of many awards, medals and prizes, is a fellow of The Royal Society and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
This public lecture is presented in association with the Hawking Radiation Conference held August 24-29, 2015. The conference is co-sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill, The Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita), the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Physics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, and The Julian Schwinger Foundation. Nordita is jointly hosted by KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University.
The organizing committee includes Laura Mersini-Houghton, associate professor of physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Malcolm J. Perry, professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University; and Yen Chin Ong, a postdoctoral fellow at Nordita.
A full conference program is available online.
The Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre is located at Nils Ericsons plan 4, 111 64 Stockholm, Sweden.