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Old 10-24-2008, 10:28 AM
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Cambridge University has a policy that titleholders must retire by age 67, which Hawking will reach on January 8. Strange policy when people of that caliber are very probably still at the peak in terms of mental acuity and intellectual capacity. At least he will still continue as emeritus.

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CAMBRIDGE, England - Cosmologist Stephen Hawking will retire from his prestigious post at Cambridge University next year, but intends to continue his exploration of time and space.

Hawking, 66, is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a title once held by the great 18th century physicist Isaac Newton. The university said Friday that he would step down at the end of the academic year in September, but would continue working as Emeritus Lucasian Professor of Mathematics.

"We look forward to him continuing his academic work at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, playing a leading role in research in cosmology and gravitation," said Professor Peter Haynes, who heads the department.

Hawking became a scientific celebrity through his theories on black holes and the nature of time, work that he carried on despite becoming paralyzed by motor neurone disease.

University policy is that officeholders must retire at the end of the academic year in which they become 67. Hawking will reach that milestone on Jan. 8.

The Lucasian professorship post was founded in 1663 by Henry Lucas, who left his 4,000 books and land expected to yield 100 pounds a year to the university. King Charles II officially established the position in 1664.

Sir Isaac Newton was the second to hold the post. Paul Dirac, a specialist in quantum mechanics who predicted the existence of positron particles, had the title from 1932 to 1969.

Hawking was appointed to the chair in 1979.

His 1988 book, "A Brief History of Time," was an international best-seller; "A Briefer History of Time," intended to be more accessible, followed in 2005.

"George's Secret Key to the Universe," co-authored with Hawking's daughter Lucy, was published last year for the children's market.

Hawking first earned prominence for his theoretical work on black holes. Disproving the belief that black holes are so dense that nothing could escape their gravitational pull, he showed that black holes leak a tiny bit of light and other types of radiation, now known as "Hawking radiation."
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Stephen Hawking is overrated. His books are so difficult to read he had to write subsequent books explaining the first ones. He was just in vogue because of his handicap.

And in the end, his life long study/theory of Black Holes was proven wrong. Basically he made a career out of sympathy and rewriting other peoples work. Frankly, I'm surprised he stayed in the Cambridge position as long he did.


Hawking cracks black hole paradox - 14 July 2004 - New Scientist
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Originally Posted by MD10PLT View Post
Stephen Hawking is overrated. His books are so difficult to read he had to write subsequent books explaining the first ones. He was just in vogue because of his handicap.

And in the end, his life long study/theory of Black Holes was proven wrong. Basically he made a career out of sympathy and rewriting other peoples work. Frankly, I'm surprised he stayed in the Cambridge position as long he did.


Hawking cracks black hole paradox - 14 July 2004 - New Scientist
Stephen Hawking is regarded the world over as one of the greatest physicists of our time. Cambridge is one of the most respected educational institutions in the world.

Go figure!

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Originally Posted by MD10PLT View Post
Stephen Hawking is overrated. His books are so difficult to read he had to write subsequent books explaining the first ones. He was just in vogue because of his handicap.

And in the end, his life long study/theory of Black Holes was proven wrong. Basically he made a career out of sympathy and rewriting other peoples work. Frankly, I'm surprised he stayed in the Cambridge position as long he did.


Hawking cracks black hole paradox - 14 July 2004 - New Scientist
What...Are you nuts? Every theoretical physicists' theories are revised as more is learned. Einstein, Chandrasekhar, Oppenheimer, Thorne...you name 'em, they've all learned more and thus modified their ideas over time (no pun intended.)

Hard to read? Put down you Us Weekly and concentrate. Hmmmm...Maybe this explains the "just raise ticket prices topay for our raise" mentaility so much in favor on the forum.

BTW... Hawkings does all of the math IN HIS HEAD.--and I'm talking real, complex math, not the pilot-type math needed to make a crossing restriction...
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i hold hawkings in high regards, the man is one of the greatest mind of the century, hes unlocked alot of mysterious from our universe and l hes holds the world record for living the longest with ALS- a disease my father passed away from.
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But the way he talks is so annoying...
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Originally Posted by HoursHore View Post
But the way he talks is so annoying...
Haha, I had to laugh at this...
But to be clear, I felt bad the whole time I was laughing...
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