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Stephen Hawking Heading to Israel this June

British theoretical physicist to attend “Facing Tomorrow”

By: Leonard Carl
Published: April 4th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News
Stephen Hawking

While Israel has been making headlines for the regular flow of “A List” musicians to perform in the Jewish State recently, a rock star of another kind is expected to land at Ben Gurion airport this June.

On April 3, it was announced that British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking will be in Israel this summer to participate in the fifth President’s Conference, “Facing Tomorrow”.

The wheelchair-bound Hawking, who has had Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also referred to Lou Gehrig's disease – for decades, will be making his first sojourn to Israel since his 2006 visit when he was invited by the British Embassy to tour and meet with local scientists.

Hawking, the head of the Practical Mathematics and Physics Department of Cambridge University who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from United States President Barack Obama in 2009, is best known for penning the book, A Briefer History of Time, which talks about life since the Big Bang.

“Facing Tomorrow” – the fifth Israeli Presidential Conference under the auspices of President Shimon Peres – will take place in Jerusalem on 18-20 June, 2013. As in previous years, the Conference will look at tomorrow and engage the central issues that will influence the face of our future: geopolitics, economics, society, environment, culture, identity, education, new media, and more.

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