TU/e students score in shadow of Hawking

TU/e students of Applied Physics Maarten Sebregts and Koen Schakenraad and their team came in second place at PLANCKS, the first international student physics Olympiad that was held in Utrecht last week.

The competition opened with a visit from legendary cosmologist Stephen Hawking. The cult hero of science, who’s had cameos in Star Trek, The Simpsons, and South Park, was welcomed like a rock star.

The British physicist and cosmologist, who’s been wheelchair-ridden for decades owing to ALS and communicates through a speech computer, held a one-hour presentation on the origin of the cosmos.

Source and photo: www.cursor.tue.nl

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