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Hawking will join the facility next year

Physicist Stephen Hawking is set to become the first distinguished research chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, a top Canadian scientific trust looking to expand its roster of brilliant scientists.

Hawking will go there to work and conduct research, but will also likely give at least one public lecture and one technical lecture each time he stays in Ontario.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based institute focuses on quantum theory and gravity, and received donations from Research in Motion co-founder Mike Lazaridis and others.  Theoretical physics will remain a top priority of the Perimeter Institute, which was created in 2000.

Other areas of research include cosmology, particle physics, quantum gravity, quantum information, and superstring theory.

Hawking will conduct his first stay as PI at the facility sometime in the summer of 2009, officials said.  The research facility will look for as many as 40 international scientists over the next five to 10 years willing to accept visiting chair positions.

Hawking is best known for his theories on black holes and time, and has published two books:  "A Brief History of Time" and "A Briefer History of Time."

"I am honored to accept the first Distinguished Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute," Hawkins 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. I look forward to building a growing partnership between PI and our Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, at Cambridge. Our research endeavor is global, and by combining forces I believe we will reap rich rewards."

Hawking will be able to remain the head of the Cambridge Center for Theoretical Cosmology, although Hawking may retire from the center sometime in 2009.

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RE: Baby steps...
By foolsgambit11 on 12/1/2008 8:53:33 PM , Rating: 2
But doesn't the Queen still have an official representative in Canada? The Governor General, Mme. Jean.

I think what you're confusing is Canadian sovereignty and independence from Great Britain with a lack of monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of Canada. To quote the Wikipedia article you cited,
The Constitution Act 1982 was signed into law by Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada on a rainy April 17, 1982 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Queen Elizabeth remains Queen and Head of State of Canada to this day. Her constitutional powers over Canada were not affected by the Act. Canada has full sovereignty over its realm and the Queen's role is separate from her role as the British monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II is both the British monarch and the Canadian monarch. So while Canada has no dependencies on the United Kingdom after the Canada Act, it is still a Commonwealth country under the jurisdiction of the Queen.

Just like the Queen does almost nothing in Britain, she does almost nothing in Canada. But they are both her dominions.

It's not just history - it's present. But don't worry, Wikipedia also says that only 5% of Canadians know that Elizabeth is their Queen. So you're not alone.

RE: Baby steps...
By Janooo on 12/1/2008 9:42:47 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the Queen costs Canada somewhere between $40M-$50M a year. There is no free lunch :-)

RE: Baby steps...
By matt0401 on 12/2/2008 11:38:35 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you! I hope some moderator gives you 5 stars, because you said what needed to be said! I don't consider Queen Elizabeth to be my queen but that doesn't make me any less of a Canadian than the other guy who does. Monarchy is an illogical system of government. One needs only look at your average family to realize that being born into the same family doesn't mean one person is just as intelligent or qualified to govern a country as the other. I can't wait until Canada finally completely abolishes its role in the Commonwealth.

It only took the US a few years. Why is our independence still a work in progress?

RE: Baby steps...
By matt0401 on 12/2/2008 11:39:48 PM , Rating: 2
Woops. I was actually replying to Yawgm0th below me re: patriotism.

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