Published online 3 December 2008 | Nature 456, 559 (2008) | doi:10.1038/456559b

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Hawking plans long commute to Canada

Stephen Hawking is taking a position in Canada.Stephen Hawking is taking a position in Canada.M. RIOPA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, soon to retire as Lucasian professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge, UK, has accepted a distinguished research chair at Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario. The post is a travelling position, which means Hawking can stay on as an emeritus professor at Cambridge while making regular visits to Canada.

The executive director of the institute, Neil Turok, who took up his post in October, is a former Cambridge colleague of Hawking's. Following his retirement from Cambridge at the end of the current academic year, Hawking, who is almost completely paralysed by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, will begin his visits to the Canadian institute next summer. Applications for the Lucasian chair will close on 15 December. 

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