Stephen Hawking named to Canadian research post

Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:08pm EST
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Internationally renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has been appointed to the post of distinguished research chair at a quantum theory and cosmology institute founded by Research In Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis.

Hawking will conduct regular stays at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, starting in the summer of 2009, the institute said in a statement.

"The institute's twin focus, on quantum theory and gravity, is very close to my heart and central to explaining the origin of the universe," the University of Cambridge professor said.

Hawking is known around the world for his studies of the basic laws that govern the universe. He is the author of the best-selling book "A Brief History of Time," among others.

The Perimeter Institute was founded by Lazaridis in 1999 and began research operations in 2001. Waterloo-based RIM makes the popular BlackBerry smartphone.

(Reporting by Wojtek Dabrowski; editing by Rob Wilson)

<p>Professor of mathematics at Cambridge University Stephen W. Hawking discusses theories on the origin of the universe in a talk in Berkeley, California, March 13, 2007. REUTERS/Kimberly White</p>