Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, born 8 January 1942, is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.
Professor Hawking has twelve honorary degrees. He was awarded the CBE in 1982 and was made a Companion of Honor in 1989.
Hawking is the recipient of many awards, medals and prizes, is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States of America, in 2009.
However, with all the forgoing qualifications and accolades, Hawking is baffled by Trump’s popularity among supporters in the U.S.
He reportedly said he cannot fathom the popularity of Donald Trump.
According to a press report, the British astrophysicist told ITV’s morning show recently that Trump, the presumptive Republican Party candidate for U.S. president “is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”
The report also noted that in the interview on the morning program Hawking appealed to British voters to vote to keep the United Kingdom inside the European Union in a June 23 referendum.
He viewed this as better for British scientific research as well as its economy and security.
He reportedly said, “Gone are the days we could stand on our own against the world. We need to be part of a larger group of nations, both for our security and our trade.”
Barbara Greene, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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