Roger Penrose Public Lecture
Professor Hawking launched the Roger Penrose Public Lecture series in recognition of Professor Penrose’s lifetime contribution to mathematical sciences. In addition, Professor Hawking was acknowledging his lengthy scientific collaboration with a close friend. Public tickets for the professor’s speech on quantum black holes were sold out in minutes.
This speech for the international charity, Sightsavers, took place in Churchill College in the University of Cambridge on Tuesday, 12th December 2017 and is the last speech that Professor Hawking made in public. It was of particular importance to the professor because of the link with his father, the renowned parasitologist, Frank Hawking.
Where did his ingenious ideas come from? A blend of qualities, perhaps: intuition, originality, brilliance. Einstein had the ability to look beyond the surface to reveal the underlying structure. He was undaunted by common sense, the idea that things must be the way they seemed. He had the courage to pursue ideas that seemed absurd to others.
I have always dreamt of space flight. But for so many years, I thought it was just that, a dream. Confined to Earth and in a wheelchair, how could I experience the majesty of space, except through imagination, and my work in theoretical physics? But in 2007, I was fortunate to go on a zero gravity flight, and experience weightlessness for the first time. It was amazing. I could have gone on and on. One day I hope to go into space
We are all different, there is no such thing as a standard or run of the mill human being, but we share the same human spirit
Be brave, be curious, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done
Life in the Universe
"In this talk, I would like to speculate a little, on the development of life in the universe, and in particular, the development of intelligent life. I shall take this to include the human race, even though much of its behaviour through out history, has been pretty stupid, and not calculated to aid the survival of the species."