Stephen Hawking's portrait unveiled at Cambridge
A new portrait of eminent scientist Professor Stephen Hawking has been unveiled at the University of Cambridge in the Department building where he works.world Updated: Apr 13, 2011 15:21 IST
A new portrait of eminent scientist Professor Stephen Hawking has been unveiled at the University of Cambridge in the Department building where he works.
The striking circular oil on linen canvas painting now hangs in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics on Wilberforce Road in honour of the celebrated theoretical physicist and cosmologist, a university release said.
It is one of the two paintings of Stephen Hawking by the artist Tai-Shan Shierenberg, commissioned by the philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley.
The other hangs in the Royal Society in London.
Speaking at the unveiling event in front of Stephen Hawking, the artist and members of the Department, Dame Shirley said: "Professor Stephen Hawking has worked for over forty years on the basic laws which govern the universe and is known for his contributions to cosmology and quantum gravity, especially in the context of black holes".
She added: "I marvel at the sophistication of the science, his deceptively simpler clarity of writing, and his unique achievements against all health odds.
It has been my great pleasure to commission this wonderful portrait by Tai-Shan Shierenberg, whose work has been variously described as 'abstract and realist', 'edgy and sensitive', 'grand and inconclusive', 'violent and melancholic' and 'physically intense and aesthetically detached'."
After 30 years of working as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Stephen Hawking is now Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge.