Opening of the Stephen Hawking Room
19 October 2015
World famous cosmologist, Professor Stephen Hawking, joined members of the College for the opening of the Stephen Hawking room on Saturday 17th October. The seminar room is a ground floor room on "P" staircase, overlooking the iconic Latham Lawn which leads to the river terrace.
A plaque was unveiled by the Master, the Revd Dr Jeremy Morris, mid-way through the ceremony. Dr Morris has said “I am delighted Trinity Hall is able to honour Professor Hawking formally this way. He is an inspiration to students past and present at Trinity Hall, and it will be a real boon to us to have a permanent testament to his achievements in science.”
Stephen was pleased to be honoured in this way: "As much as I would like to say that I spent all my early Cambridge research career at Trinity Hall thinking about the universe and everything, I spent some of my time enjoying this beautiful setting by the river. It is therefore a pleasure to be back in my old college and a privilege to have this room overlooking Latham Lawn named in my honour. I hope that the next generation of cosmologists, and of course other Trinity Hall scholars, gain inspiration from working in this space."
Attending the ceremony was Sally Wong-Avery, a friend of Stephen’s, who, together with her late husband, Dennis Avery (1980) supported the Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, the post which Stephen now holds.
The ceremony took place before Stephen spoke at King’s College Chapel at an event to launch the University’s £2 billion campaign.
Professor Hawking was at Trinity Hall from 1962 to 1965, to study for his PhD in cosmology. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the College in 1984. An exhibition of photographs was on display in the room for the ceremony and you can see in the background of the photograph a copy of his application form to study for a PhD.
Photograph by Kiloran Howard