Stephen Hawking will be talking to Australian audience for the first time in April

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Celebrity physicist Stephen Hawking will, for the first ever time, talk to Australian audiences at the Opera House in April appearing via a live video link from the University of Cambridge.

The event, An Evening with Stephen Hawking, is a result of the collaboration between UNSW’s Big Questions Institute, Sydney Opera House and Cisco and will celebrate the phenomenal story of physicist and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking. Hawking’s daughter and co-author Lucy Hawking will be live on-stage in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall and fellow physicist and writer Paul Davies will give a brief introduction to Hawking’s extraordinary life and work.

Professor Hawking has recently agreed to serve as an Advisory Board Member of UNSW’s Big Questions Institute (BQI), a new research centre devoted to investigating the big questions of science.

The celebrity physicist is currently Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) and Founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) at the University of Cambridge. For over thirty years he has lead the General Relativity group in DAMTP and been Principal Investigator of the COSMOS National Cosmology Supercomputer since 1997. He is also the Emeritus Lucasian Professor for Cambridge, a title that boasts Isaac Newton, Paul Dirac and Charles Babbage amongst its previous holders.

Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, shortly after his 21st birthday, Hawking has used a wheelchair and computerised voice system for communication for a number of decades. He has consistently defied expectations and never let his physical restrictions limit his imagination or intellect.

UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs, said: “UNSW is proud to play a part in bringing such a brilliant and inspiring scientist as Stephen Hawking to Australian audiences at what will be a memorable event.”

The event is a part of university’s mission to be an intellectual and ideas forum to discuss and debate the grand challenges of our time added Jacobs.

“We are privileged and excited that Professor Hawking has agreed to join the Advisory Board of UNSW’s Big Questions Institute, as we strive to further understand the mysteries of the universe”, he added.

An Evening with Stephen Hawking is on at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, April 26. Tickets start at $69.