The second Einstein Lecture Dahlem on October 17, 2005, was given by Stephen W. Hawking, renowned physicists and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. His research work contributed substantially to new insights on the origin and the nature of the universe. His work on the phenomenon of black holes caused a great international sensation. Beyond scientific circles, Hawking became popular with his publications “A Brief History of Time” and “The Universe in a Nutshell”.
This very special Einstein Lecture Dahlem take place in the framework of the Einstein Year 2005, a joint initiative of the Federal German Government, science, economy and culture on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the theory of relativity and the 50th anniversary of death of the world-famous scientist.
The event is part of the Einstein Year and is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford on 1942, exactly 300 years after the date of death of Galileo. He studied physics at Oxford University and continued his studies in Cambridge. When he had just turned 22, he was diagnosed with amyothrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is in Great Britain known as “Motor Neurone Disease”. Stephen Hawking holds Newton’s Chair, the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. He is worldwide considered to be the greatest scientific thinker since Newton and Einstein.