Article by Greg Mercer
Hawking’s significant star power raised the international profile of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
In research visits and partnerships, he endorsed their missions and collaborated with their brightest minds.
When Perimeter opened the Stephen Hawking Centre, the only building in the world to bear his name, the renowned physicist said Waterloo Region was gathering the ingredients for historic scientific breakthroughs.
“The importance of special places and special times, where magical progress can happen, cannot be overstated. I am hoping, and expecting, great things will happen here,” the wheelchair-bound scientist said at the time.
Hawking, who was a distinguished visiting research chair at Perimeter, celebrated the local institute as a “grand experiment in theoretical physics” exploring the questions that were closest to his heart.
“He was an incredible scientist who has changed the way we think about the universe. His work will continue to inspire scientists all over the world, and generations for years to come,” said Raymond Laflamme, the former director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC).
Hawking was a close collaborator and friend with Perimeter director Neil Turok, who like Laflamme once worked with him at the University of Cambridge.