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Should Stephen Hawking be knighted?
« on: 01/12/2009 23:11:47 »
Stephen Hawking has already been awarded a CBE. What would it take to become a KBE? What about some other type of knighthood.


 

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« Reply #1 on: 01/12/2009 23:13:53 »
No. I don't think he should be knighted...though i would love to see him win a nobel prize.. he truely deserves it for his efforts alone.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 02/12/2009 00:15:04 »
Surly Stephen Hawking has done more for society and our understanding of the universe than Sir Paul McCartney. I'm not trying to disparage Sir Paul. I've met him and even rode a chairlift with his former wife Heather Mills while skiing. He's a very nice person, however what has he done, besides writing and singing popular songs?

Many other scientists have been honored with knighthood, why not Stephen?
 

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« Reply #3 on: 02/12/2009 00:17:04 »
What society? The American society... which does not even have a queen due to give out such a presentation? He maybe native to England, but his heart sure was not on it.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 02/12/2009 01:05:40 »
I have wondered for quite some time as to why he has not been awarded either a knighthood or nobel !
 

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« Reply #5 on: 02/12/2009 02:31:31 »
He maybe native to England, but his heart sure was not on it.

Why do you say that Mr S?
 

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« Reply #6 on: 02/12/2009 03:06:17 »
He has spent the greater scientific part of his life in America...

... Or am I corrected somewhere?
 

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« Reply #7 on: 02/12/2009 04:44:59 »
Well, according to Wikipedia:

"Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years, taking up the post in 1979 and retiring on October 1, 2009"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking#cite_note-5
 

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« Reply #8 on: 02/12/2009 08:25:36 »
Apparently he turned down an offer of a knighthood over ten years ago on principle.
http://www.v3.co.uk/vnunet/news/2219626/stephen-hawking-turns

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He has spent the greater scientific part of his life in America...
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Where do these bizarre ideas emerge from?
 

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« Reply #9 on: 02/12/2009 09:29:52 »
It seems i am corrected then.

I can't be right all the time ;)

It happens you know, i'm not impervious to mistakes.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 02/12/2009 09:30:12 »
Plus, i had quite a few wines.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 02/12/2009 13:52:08 »
Surly Stephen Hawking has done more for society and our understanding of the universe than Sir Paul McCartney..Many other scientists have been honored with knighthood, why not Stephen?

Sir Paul has promoted the UK's involvement in music and arts and in doing so has provide this country with lots of valuable income over many years. Stephen Hawking's main fame has come from writing a few books that may help some understand the Universe better. Unfortunately he is more recognisable for suffering from ALS and being in a wheelchair with his Equaliser computer voice than anything else. I think his celebrity status seems to have overridden his achievements. No doubt he is a brilliant person when it comes to maths and writing but just what has he actually scientifically proved or discovered so far?


 

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« Reply #12 on: 02/12/2009 16:26:25 »
Ooer.... Me thinks, that mad man, you may have put the cat in amongst the pigeons there!
 

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« Reply #13 on: 02/12/2009 17:02:14 »
Surly Stephen Hawking has done more for society and our understanding of the universe than Sir Paul McCartney..Many other scientists have been honored with knighthood, why not Stephen?

Sir Paul has promoted the UK's involvement in music and arts and in doing so has provide this country with lots of valuable income over many years. Stephen Hawking's main fame has come from writing a few books that may help some understand the Universe better. Unfortunately he is more recognisable for suffering from ALS and being in a wheelchair with his Equaliser computer voice than anything else. I think his celebrity status seems to have overridden his achievements. No doubt he is a brilliant person when it comes to maths and writing but just what has he actually scientifically proved or discovered so far?




Quite a lot I'd say. Especially for our understanding of black holes.
 

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« Reply #14 on: 02/12/2009 18:20:43 »
I was going to say "What about Partrick Moore then?" but I see he already got one!
 

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« Reply #15 on: 02/12/2009 18:32:07 »
Knighthoods are ten-a-penny compared to Lucassian professorships.
It would have been like him getting an honorary GCSE in maths.
 

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« Reply #16 on: 03/12/2009 08:57:53 »
Knighthood is quite simple (NOT). Today, Knighthood is not quite what it was originally and all that business of 'Arise Sir Knobhead' is rubbish. Which would be just as well if Steven Hawings were to be knighted. {Now that is an evil thing to say, I shall thrash myself for that}.

Knighthood explained
 

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« Reply #17 on: 03/12/2009 13:12:57 »
the knighthood is a good way of the country / queen to go well bloody done you are amazing i am honered to call you one of my subjects
 

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« Reply #18 on: 03/12/2009 13:28:29 »
It used to be the ruling monarch who decided who was going to get what honour, but today, its the government.

There are still those who do indeed deserve their peerage, knighthood or whatever, for charitable work and/or services to the nation, but there are also those who's case is not so well defined and those who buy their honour's.
 

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« Reply #19 on: 03/12/2009 17:01:05 »
isnt the queen "advised" as to who she should knight.... yeah its the same as the government deciding
 

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