The Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) was established by Professor Stephen Hawking in 2007. It exists to advance the scientific understanding of our Universe, taking forward the vision of its founder. Located in the award-winning Centre for Mathematical Sciences, CTC builds on Cambridge University's tradition of excellence in theoretical research.
Many of the key ideas in modern cosmology and gravitational theory originated in DAMTP. The subject retains its vibrancy here, encompassing one of DAMTP's biggest groups, with theorists continuing to make leading contributions internationally. The group is supported by large UK and European Research Council grants and operates the COSMOS supercomputer. The
Centre for Theoretical Cosmology aims to establish this centre of excellence within Cambridge in the longer term, operating in innovative ways and encouraging new thinking on some of the most challenging problems in science.
The CTC is headed by an executive of academic researchers within the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.