Stephen Hawking wins Copley Medal
5 December 2006
Congratulations to Professor Stephen Hawking (Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall), who has won the Royal Society's Copley Medal, the world's oldest award for scientific achievement. The award was made for Professor Hawking's outstanding contribution to theoretical physics and theoretical cosmology.
The Copley Medal was first awarded by the Society in 1731, predates the Nobel Prize by 170 years, and over time has been awarded to such illustrious individuals as James Cook (1776), Charles Darwin (1864), Albert Einstein (1925) and James Crick (1975).
Professor Hawking completed a PhD in Cosmology at Trinity Hall in 1966 and has held the Lucasian Chair in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge since 1979. He was elected Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall in 1984.