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14 March 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

Cambridge University Press is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Stephen Hawking, who died today at the age of 76.

Widely regarded as one of the world's most brilliant minds, he was known throughout the world for his contributions to science, his books, his television appearances, his lectures and through biographical films. Our University has published a full obituary, celebrating his many significant achievements. 

Last year, as part of Open Access week, Professor Hawking made his PhD thesis available online. On doing so he said "By making my PhD thesis Open Access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet; to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos. Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and enquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding." In tribute to this belief Cambridge University Press is making his book, The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time, available to read for free on Cambridge Core until the end of April.

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