The Symposium

Refer to A 60th Birthday Symposium celebrating Professor Stephen Hawking's contributions to fundamental physics and cosmology was held on Friday, 11th January 2002 at the new Centre for Mathematical Sciences in west Cambridge. The Symposium featured a full day of popular lectures from distinguished scientists, including Sir Martin Rees, Professor James Hartle, Professor Kip Thorne and Sir Roger Penrose. The final speaker on the day was Professor Stephen Hawking himself.

Please follow this link to the symposium programme of popular lectures.

To find out more also about a television broadcast of the Hawking Lectures by BBC4 on the 5th to 8th August 2002 or to view Realplayer video of Stephen Hawking's talk (or to read an illustrated transcript) please go to the multimedia page:


For further media reports and a scientific summary of the meeting please follow this link:

Conference Reports

Scientific workshop

Preceding the symposium on the 7-10th January 2002, a technical scientific workshop was held also entitled, `The Future of Theoretical Physics and Cosmology'. Further information about it can be found at the conference website, and this now includes Realplayer video and OHP slides from all the technical talks.

Local Organising Committee

The local organising committee for the meeting is Professor Gary Gibbons, Dr Stuart Rankin and Dr Paul Shellard. They are currently editing a proceedings for the meeting, which includes both popular and scientific talks to be published shortly by Cambridge University Press. For the organisation of the meeting they were ably assisted by the conference secretary, Jennifer Formichelli, and Janet Bett.


This symposium, and the scientific workshop before it, has been made possible through the generous support of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC).

We are also grateful for support from SGI (Silicon Graphics Computer Systems), Dennis & Sally Avery, the London Mathematical Society, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Gonville & Caius College, Trinity Hall and Cambridge University Press. (Please refer to our sponsors page.)