Looking for the Lucasian Professor


Michael Green, the current Lucasian Professor, is now 67 and Cambridge University is looking for his substitute (see here). It is interesting that Wikipedia is now reporting rumours from researchers at DAMPT (see here)

As of 3rd April 2014, the University of Cambridge is recruiting the 19th Lucasian Professor. Rumour amongst DAMPT researchers is that the process is a required formality, but that unless there’s a last minute surprise the Lucasian Professorship will be held for the first time by a woman. It may also be the first time that the chair is not held by somebody born in the British Isles.

Wikipedia is generally not doing gossip so I report this here because I think this will not last too long. Anyhow, the procedure will be brief. The candidates should send their CV for 15 April and the chosen one should take up the appointment on 1 September this year.  I would like to remember that this is a really prestigious chair held by Newton, Dirac and Hawking to name just a few. Surely, Cambridge University will choose for the best once again.


Lucasian chair again


On 22 May, Professor Michael Green, Professor Michael Greenthe incumbent Lucasian Professor at Cambridge University, will be 67 and must retire. He succeeded Stephen Hawking that left this chair for the same reason on 2009. Well before Hawking’s retirement, Cambridge University issued an announcement asking for possible candidates and, after the selection ended, Professor Green come out as the chosen one. This time, no announcement is out from Cambridge and so, it is possible that the successor of Professor Green should be already known. I think the news will be released in the next few months. Till now, no rumors spread.

Hawking’s successor


Michael Green is the new Lucasian Professor (see here). Best congratulations to a really worthy appointment and wishes for future success to Professor Green. Michael GreenGreen is a string theorist famous for being one of the authors of the first string revolution. He was already full professor at Cambridge University and represents a perfect choice as Hawking’s successor.

Hawking hospitalized


Today I report bad news. Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest physicists, has been hospitalized and reported being “very ill”. Stephen HawkingYou can find the news here. Hawking is largely known for his works about singularities in general relativity and for the understanding he reached in the behavior of black holes when one takes into account quantum behavior. He become widely known to the public at large writing a book, ” A Brief History of Time”, that is a best-seller.

It is not possible to talk about Hawking without citing the disease he is affected. This is ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease from the name of the baseball player that had this illness.

Stephen Hawking is the holder of the Lucasian chair at University of Cambridge. He is expected to retire later this year.

My wish is that he can turn back to his activities in a very short time.

Update: Expected full recovery for Hawking, Cambridge University has said. Here the news.

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