AIMS Mourns the Loss of Stephen Hawking
KIGALI, Rwanda, March 15th 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Professor Stephen Hawking and sends its deepest condolences to his loved ones.
Of his visit Professor Hawkings was quoted as saying: “The world of science needs Africa’s brilliant talents and I look forward to meeting prospective young Einsteins from Africa. If my visit helps to create opportunities for Africans to enter maths and science, I will be delighted.”
“The influence of Professor Stephen Hawking was not only limited to his towering intellect and research accolades. He set the example of scientific excellence and humanity in his urgent call to save our plant. His life is a powerful example of what science can and should do,” said Mr. Thierry Zomahoun, AIMS President and CEO.
Professor Barry Green, AIMS Chief Research and Academic Officer and Director of AIMS South Africa noted, “Professor Hawking’s visit to our centre is definitely one of the highlights in our history. He inspired all the students that he met and his support of AIMS has left a legacy that will continue to inspire future generation of students at our centre.”
Each year AIMS South Africa acknowledges Professor Hawking’s support by awarding the Stephen Hawking’s Endowed Scholarship at the graduation ceremony to a top achiever for the year. Last year’s award went to Mr. Tanjona Radonirina Rabemananjara from Madagascar.
Among many other outstanding contributions he showed that the Big Bang was an inevitable consequence of Einstein’s theory of relativity and that black holes are probably hot and can evaporate. He has inspired generations of scientists and lay people alike. It is truly a sad day for science.”
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