2 September

Ballot for: An evening with Stephen Hawking


Imperial’s Theoretical Physics group are pleased to announce that Professor Stephen Hawking’s March talk has been rescheduled. An evening with Stephen Hawking will take place on Monday 17 October at 18.00 in the Great Hall.

Professor Hawking’s recently published paper ‘Soft hair on black holes’ takes us one step closer to solving the black hole information paradox, and we are pleased to be able to reschedule this special event after unfortunately having to cancel twice due to Professor Hawking’s ill-health


There are limited public tickets available. Due to anticipated demand, we are operating a ballot system.

Please note: You will need to re-register here despite having registered for previous ballots.

The ballot will be closed on 23 September. Successful ticket winners will be contacted on 27 September.

Interact with us online using #hawkingtalk.


If you would like to volunteer at this event please email Simone Dagnino.


Great Hall, Sherfield Building (no. 20 on the map)

18.00 TALKS
Professor Jerome Gauntlett, Imperial College London

Quantum Black Holes 
Professor Stephen Hawking, University of Cambridge

Vote of Thanks
Professor Fay Dowker, Imperial College London

Meet Imperial's theoretical physicists over drinks for informal discussions about general relativity and beyond.
Queen’s Lawn marquee, Sherfield Building (no. 20 on the map)


Stephen Hawking is one of the most accomplished theoretical physicists of our time. He has made profound contributions to our understanding of spacetime, cosmology and black hole physics. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1966 and held the Lucasian Chair there (1979-2009). He holds 12 honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE in 1982 and was made a Companion of Honour in 1989. Stephen is also a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of numerous popular science books including the best-selling A Brief History of Time.

Jerome Gauntlett is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Head of the Theoretical Physics Group at Imperial, where his research focuses on string theory, black holes and quantum field theory. He moved from Australia to Cambridge to carry out his PhD in Stephen Hawking’s Relativity Group, graduating in 1991. He then held research positions at the University of Chicago and CALTECH before returning to the UK, first to Queen Mary University of London and then to Imperial in 2003. Jerome was the Theoretical Physics Consultant on the Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everything.

Fay Dowker is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial. She did her PhD in Cambridge under the supervision of Stephen Hawking, graduating in 1990. She has since held research positions at FermiLab (Chicago), University of California Santa Barbara and CALTECH, before joining Queen Mary University of London and then Imperial in 2003. Her research focuses on the causal set approach to quantum gravity.

Imperial’s Theoretical Physics Group was founded by Abdus Salam in 1956, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1979.  Members of the Group carry out world-leading research in some of the most exciting areas of theoretical physics today including string theory, quantum field theory, cosmology, quantum foundations and gravity.