One of the towering intellectual greats was taken from us this week, but now Gonville & Caius College is taking the opportunity to extend Stephen Hawking’s legacy to a whole new generation.
The College, where Prof Hawking, who died on Wednesday, March 14, was a fellow, has established the Stephen Hawking Lectureship Fund.
The fund will offer a fellowship to an “outstanding academic” and give them the chance to contribute to fulfilling the College’s mission to promote learning at the highest level.
The first “Stephen Hawking Fellow” could be appointed as early as next year.
A spokesman for the college said: “To commemorate the contribution that Professor Stephen Hawking has made to Gonville & Caius over 52 years as a Fellow, the College has established the Stephen Hawking Lectureship Fund.
Remembering Stephen Hawking
“The fund will endow a Fellowship in Professor Hawking's name in perpetuity. The holder of the Stephen Hawking Fellowship will be an outstanding academic who will contribute to fulfilling the College’s mission to promote learning at the highest level, through teaching as well as research.
“Donations are invited from members of the Caius community and beyond. The College hopes that the first Stephen Hawking Fellow will be appointed in October 2019.”
People can contribute to funding the fellowship online at the College’s website.