Stephen Hawking 311.
(photo credit: Bloomberg News)
The British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, 71, will arrive in Israel
this coming June to take part in the fifth President’s Conference, which
features the tagline “Facing Tomorrow,” it was announced on
Hawking’s last visit to Israel took place in 2006, when he was
invited by the British Embassy to tour Israel and the Palestinian territories as
well as meet with local scientists and academics.
For decades now,
Hawking has suffered from ALS disease, which has shut down movement in his
entire body but not affected his mental fitness.
He is mainly known for
the authorship of his book, A Briefer History of Time, which describes the
development that has taken place since the Big Bang.
Hawking is also
known as someone who does not believe in life after death, and has declared more
than once, “Science will win the war against religion.”
He was awarded
the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he received from United States
President Barack Obama in 2009, and his struggle with life in a wheelchair has
made him a cultural icon.
Hawking is the head of the Practical
Mathematics and Physics Department of Cambridge University.