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Brian May & Micky Dolenz Salute the Late Stephen Hawking

by VVN Music

Two music artists have saluted the late Stephen Hawking who died yesterday at the age of 76.

Brian May, who actually lives in a similar mind geography as Hawking as he has a PhD in astrophysics, released a short statement about the scientist's passing.

So sad to wake up to the news that our dear friend Stephen Hawking has passed away. He was one of the bravest men I ever met - optimistic and caring. And all the way, although hampered by being able to communicate at the rate of only two words a minute, still managing to crack gentle jokes, and make incisive comments.

We at Starmus were privileged to spend quiet time with Stephen, and will miss him badly. He was without a doubt one of the greatest intellects the World has ever seen.

RIP Stephen.


May also was a co-founder of the Starmus Festival which brings together people of the science community with musicians for a unique weekend of both talks and concerts.

Starmus also released a statement about Hawking who spoke at the festival in 2014.

Today, on the 14th of March, 2018, the human race has suffered an immeasurable loss. The loss of a man who was not only one of the greatest scientists of all times and one of the most influential people on the planet, but also a model and inspiration for many of us. Stephen Hawking was a man of exceptional power of spirit and a model of civic stance. He changed the way we perceive our Universe, our time and ourselves, and did it with his unique talent of communication and gentle, Hawking-style sense of humour. Although he left a rich legacy of both academic and science popularisation texts, we will miss his hilarious personality and his outstanding ability to make this world a better place, whatever he did and wherever he happened to be.

Stephen Hawking was a point of reference for scientists and science lovers and member of Starmus Advisory Board. The Stephen Hawking Medal, awarded to the most successful science communicators, will keep his legacy and continue to inspire science lovers in the name of Stephen Hawking. To many of us, Stephen Hawking was a symbol – a symbol of the immense capabilities of the human being, a symbol of never surrendering mind, and of science itself. It strikes us as quite symbolic that he was born on Kepler’s birthday, 300 years later, passed away on Einstein’s birthday, and, like Einstein, lived to the age of 76. We will keep this symbol in our hearts and follow the path he craved for us. Rest in peace, Professor Hawking!

STARMUS Advisory Board

Brian May, Peter Gabriel, Garik Israelian, Alexei Leonov, Jill Tarter, Richard Dawkins, Robert Williams, Jack Szostak and David Eicher

Also releasing a personal statement on Hawking was Monkee Micky Dolenz, who said:

I had the pleasure of meeting Stephen Hawking as he and I were leaving a restaurant in Cambridge, England sometime around the year 1980.

He, of course, had no idea who I was but I was well versed in who he was as I have always been, and continue to be, a student of science and particularly quantum physics and cosmology.

Needless to say, we have lost one of the greatest minds in science (which, BTW, is a word directly translated from the Latin word “scire” which simply means - “know”.

He obviously loved to “know” things and will certainly be remembered right up there with all of the other greatest men and women who attempted to know the truth: Copernicus, Galileo, Ada Lovelace, Tycho Braye, Kepler, Newton, Madame Curie, Einstein, Rosalind Franklin, Feynman, etc.

Science is about knowing - or at least attempting to know the truth about our natural world: without subjectivity, without snake oil salesmen, without wishing and hoping.

Stephen Hawking exemplified this notion and, given the extraordinarily difficult reality of his physical existence, he will surely go down in history as one of the greatest knowers that the world has ever seen.

Micky Dolenz