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article imageStephen Hawking may leave Britain, to settle in Canada

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     Jul 16, 2008 in Science
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking may quit Britain for Canada after working in Cambridge University for nearly 50 years.
Neil Turok, a long-time friend and colleague of Stephen Hawking, has said that the scientist is mulling over an invitation to join Perimetre Institute in Ontario, Canada. Hawking, author of the best seller A Brief History of Time had last month criticised the British government for carrying out 'disastrous' science funding cuts worth $160 million.
Neil Turok, a professor in mathematical physics in Cambridge is leaving for Canada this year after failing to persuade university authorities to expand university's Centre for Theoretical Cosmology into a Hawking Institute. He said
Stephen has been very loyal to Cambridge - he could have gone anywhere he wanted. He plans to visit me in Ontario next year for a month or so, and we would certainly welcome him coming for longer.
Hawking, who has been with Cambridge since 1962, had written a letter to the ministers asking to withdraw a cut of $160 million in funding. The Perimetre Institute in Ontario, founded seven years ago by Mike Lazaridis, the creator of the BlackBerry is enjoying funding of more than $600 million.
Sam Blackburn, Hawking's graduate assistant said
Professor Hawking is mulling it over, but a move isn't imminent. He would not make plans to move permanently to a place he hasn't visited yet, but he is open to it.
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