World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking honored


World-renowned physicist and Cambridge University professor Stephen Hawking will make a rare visit to Washington, D.C. to receive the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal on Monday, February 14, 2005. The program, cosponsored by The Smithsonian Associates, UK Science and Technology and the British Council USA, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Lisner Auditorium and feature a retrospective of the British scientist's accomplishments as well as brief remarks from Hawking himself.

Hawking, best known for his groundbreaking research in theoretical physics and his influence on young scientists in Great Britain, the United States, and around the world, will offer brief prepared remarks as he accepts the Smithson Medal.

The extraordinary evening also includes a video presentation showcasing Hawking's life and career. University of California at Santa Barbara professor James Hartle will present "Stephen Hawking's Universe," in which he describes some of Hawking's most important contributions to our current understanding of the universe and its origins. Hartle, a physicist and cosmologist, works on understanding the earliest moments of our quantum universe.

Tickets are $28 for general admission, $22 for members and $12 for students. For tickets information, contact The Smithsonian Associates at 202-357-3030 or visit the web site

The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal was struck in 1965 in honor of the 200th anniversary of Smithson's birth. This award is given to persons who have made distinguished contributions to the advancement of areas of interest to the Smithsonian. Previous recipients include: Jacques Cousteau, Walter Cronkite and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson.

The Smithsonian Associates provides educational and cultural programs that highlight and complement the work of the Smithsonian Institution through a wide variety of formats including lectures, performances, courses, and special events on the National Mall and across the country.

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