Noted physicist, Stephen Hawking will today (6th March 2017) receive the Honorary Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fields of theoretical physics and cosmology.
Professor Hawking will join previously honoured figures such as Winston Churchill and Florence Nightingale. The award is the highest honour which can be bestowed by the City of London Corporation at a ceremony at the Great Hall in London’s Guildhall. Hawking, who turned 75 last month, will be honoured by Dr Peter Kane, Chamberlain of London who will pay tribute to his scientific achievements. Hawking will then receive the Illuminated Freedom Scroll, presented in an inscribed casket.
Professor Hawking’s 50 year academic career will be celebrated during the ceremony which will see him join the ranks of those awarded the Freedom of the City of London, the most recent recipients of which include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, human rights activist and Pulitzer Prize winner and Sir Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the world wide web.