Stephen Hawking 75th Birthday Conference

Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, Cambridge, UK, July 2-5, 2017

An international conference, entitled "Gravity and Black Holes," marking the 75th birthday of Professor Stephen Hawking, was held at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, UK, in July 2017.

This meeting discussed recent advances in gravitational physics and cosmology, and the exciting future of this field following the recent direct detection of gravitational waves.

We were very pleased to be able to hold this remarkable event for Stephen whose courage, insight and vision continues to have such an impact on the way we understand fundamental physics at the extremes in black holes and the Big Bang.

A list of speakers at the conference:

Bruce Allen (Max Planck Institute)
Raphael Bousso (Berkeley)
Mihalis Dafermos (Cambridge)
Gary Gibbons (Cambridge)
Gabriela González (LSU)
James Hartle (UCSB)
Thomas Hertog (Leuven)
Gary Horowitz (UCSB)
Theodore Jacobson (Maryland)
Renata Kallosh (Stanford)

Eiichiro Komatsu (Max Planck Institute)
Pablo Laguna (Georgia Tech)
Andrei Linde (Stanford)
Viatcheslav Mukhanov (Munich)
Hiranya Peiris (UCL)
Harald Pfeiffer (Toronto)
Frans Pretorius (Princeton)
Douglas Stanford (IAS)
Jeff Steinhauer (Technion)
Andy Strominger (Harvard)

The lectures were filmed and livestreamed by Intel and can now be viewed on the Programme page by clicking on the video links.

The scientific conference ran from Monday 3rd July to Wednesday 5th July. On Sunday 2nd July there was an afternoon of public lectures at Lady Mitchell Hall with a series of high-profile speakers, including:

More information about the public lectures can be found on this website:

The conference ended at lunchtime on Wednesday 5th July.


Image credit: Pau Figueras, Markus Kunesch, Saran Tunyasuvunakool, Juha Jäykkä and Intel