The first of its kind, the Medal will recognize the work of those helping to promote the public awareness of science through different disciplines such as music, arts and cinema. Each year, three Medals will be awarded at the STARMUS International Science and Arts Festival in Tenerife.Details
STARMUS Festival was born with the aim of making the most universal science and art accessible to the public.
Traditionally the perfect symbiosis between astronomy, art and music, STARMUS 2016 will bring together not only the brightest minds from these areas but many others besides, as we debate the future of humanity with scientists, business people at the cutting edge, and celebrities of all kinds.
Join us for an event in Tenerife that rises to a level where others fail!
“I greatly enjoyed the STARMUS festival. It is a combination of science and rock music, both of which I love. I hope there is a STARMUS next year, and you invite me. In a world beset by so many terrible problems, and so lacking in solutions, STARMUS offers a ray of hope. “
“Let us hope that our grandchildren at our age can look back and say, “The 20th century was a century of advancement and improvement in technology, and the 21st century was a century of advancement and improvement in human character.”
“The third Starmus next year will be dedicated to Stephen Hawking, the great scientist, and the great human being. And in his honour, a new medal has been struck …
the Stephen Hawking medal, which will be awarded for the first time at Starmus 3 … to the human being who, by his sharing of science and music with us all, has been
the greatest inspiration to the next generation of artist-scientists !!”
“Stephen Hawking has amazed us all, not only for his profound contributions to basic science—the stability of singularities in general relativity, black-hole thermodynamics, novel ideas on the foundational issues of quantum gravity, and many other topics—but he has also had a unique influence in bringing science to the attention of the general public, all this being achieved with enormous determination in the face of huge physical disabilities. I hereby salute the establishment of the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication!”Roger Penrose, December 2015
“Stephen Hawking has laid foundations for large portions of human understanding of black holes, the birth of the universe, and the “fiery marriage” of general relativity with quantum physics. Hawking’s research, and his stubborn refusal to let physical handicaps get in the way of living a full life are an inspiration to people worldwide.”
Stephen Hawking is not only a brilliant scientist, he is also a global ambassador for people with disabilities. Inspiration is the the main focus of the STARMUS Festival, and Professor Hawking´s towering achievements in the face of unthinkable hardships have inspired millions. We want to recognise his astonishing accomplishments and pay him our deepest respect.
Long ago, in his book “The Universe in a Nutshell” Stephen Hawking set the gold standard for explaining to learners of all ages, what we know and don’t yet know about how our cosmos works . I’ve shared this book with my grandaughter, my neighbors, and with every undergraduate intern who has worked with me. There is little that most of us can do when it comes to being as smart as Stephen, but as scientists we can all strive to communicate our work to the general public as clearly and wittily as he does. And if we are truly fortunate, we may find our own Philip Dunn to provide the illustrations.
Despite being dealt a terrible handicap early in his life, Stephen Hawking has led our generation in its quest to understand the universe. His work in theoretical physics, in deciphering the origin and fate of the cosmos, of black holes, of the framework of relativity, has pushed him to the forefront of great thinkers in our planet’s recent history. How appropriate it is for us to celebrate his life, his achievements, and the inspiration he gives all of us who share his deep curiosity about the cosmos.”
David J. Eicher, Editor-in-Chief, Astronomy magazine
Stephen Hawking’s life is a triumph of intellect over adversity. Stephen is far from being the archetypal unworldly or nerdish scientist – his personality has remained remarkably unwrapped by his frustrations and handicaps. And what a triumph his life has been. His name will live in the annals of science; millions have had their cosmic horizons widened by his bestselling books; and even more, around the world, have been inspired by a unique example of achievement against all the odds – a manifestation of astonishing willpower and determination.
Sir Martin Rees
Stephen Hawking is that rare talent of pure genius, bravery determination and a brain that far exceeds human understanding. His ability to communicate in his own special way is captivating and anyone who has had the honour of meeting him will savour the experience for the rest of their lives.Everything he achieves on a daily basis is an inspiration to us all and his constant thirst for knowledge about the unknown is our future inspiration.
Stephen Hawking is our generation’s most empowering symbol of science. His scientific work embodies mind over matter. His scientific revelations were based on thought, not physical experiments, paralleling his life where he has successfully overcome physical constraints with the intelectual qualities of brilliance, enthusiasm, and steadfast determination. He embodies how humanity can triumph over adversity if we put our mind to it.