This item may be secondary to the latest in BlackBerry news, but it’s still pretty cool nonetheless. Scientist and reoccurring Simpsons character, Prof. Stephen Hawking, has been appointed to the post of Distinguished Research Chair at Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Perimeter Institute has been set up through the vision and philanthropy of Mike Lazaridis, creator of the BlackBerry, and others in a public-private partnership, to conduct scientific research, educational outreach and foster a culture of innovation in Canada.
In announcing that Prof. Hawking will visit PI for extended periods each year, PI Director Neil Turok said, “The appointment marks a new phase in our recruitment that will see leading scientists from around the world establish a second ‘research home’ at Perimeter Institute. I am delighted that Stephen has agreed to accept the first of a projected 40 such visiting Chairs. We look forward to hosting Stephen in Waterloo, Ontario, to benefiting from his wise mentorship and guidance which has been so successful in Cambridge, and to the many stimulating scientific collaborations which will undoubtedly emerge.”
Hawking will take his chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics starting in the Summer of 2009. Who knows, with his proximity to RIM, maybe he’ll help with the next generation of BlackBerrys?