Stephen Hawking moved an audience to tears today after he spoke at an event in Cambridge to mark his 75th birthday, where he was joined by other famous names from the world of science.
The Cambridge-based rock star physicist topped the bill of a list of distinguished scientists, who addressed an audience in Lady Mitchell Hall at the University of Cambridge.
Professor Brian Cox — known to the public (among other things) for presenting BBC science documentaries such as Wonders of the Solar System — was the first to address the audience, with a talk about our place in the cosmos.
Brian Cox began with a whistle-stop tour of the history of the universe, along with our developing understanding of it.
Although Professor Cox credited Mr Hawking with inspiring him to study physics, he said it was Hawking’s engagement with the public that was his greatest achievement.
“I think one of the reasons we are …