Professor Stephen Hawking launches St Albans School appeal
- Credit: photo supplied
Professor Stephen Hawking was guest of honour at the recent launch of an appeal to raise millions of pounds for expansion of his former school in St Albans.
The world-famous physicist and author of A Brief History of Time joined fellow alumni from St Albans School at the Science Museum in London.
The school, at Abbey Gateway, hopes to secure millions of pounds towards renovations and expansion of its science and performing arts facilities, and to help double the number of bursaries and scholarships it offers future pupils.
Event attendees included lyricist and author Sir Tim Rice, BAFTA award-winning film director Mike Newell and the former chairman of English National Opera Sir Martin Smith.
The school currently provides bursaries and scholarships to up to 30 students each year.
You may also want to watch:
Professor Hawking, a direct grant student whose school friends nicknamed him “Einstein”, confessed that his father had wanted the young prodigy to move from St Albans to Westminster, as it would offer him greater social advancement.
He joked: “Lack of social graces has not been a hindrance.”
- 1 City centre pub opens new roof garden
- 2 Driver disqualified after St Albans crash
- 3 Staff member assaulted at St Albans City FC match
- 4 Urgent care upgrade at St Albans City Hospital moves ahead
- 5 From the terraces to the pitch - Huw Dawson ecstatic to reach FA Cup first round with St Albans City
- 6 Property Spotlight: A detached home on one of St Albans' most desirable streets
- 7 Harpenden card cloning suspects arrested
- 8 St Albans City reach FA Cup first round after shoot-out win over Corinthian Casuals
- 9 Harpenden couple donate vital equipment for maternity ward
- 10 Welcome to the House of Poutine, St Albans' newest city centre eatery
Professor Hawking added that he found physics “easy” because it was “obvious”.
However the renowned physicist is still pondering who the winner is following a bet made while at the public school – two of his classmates bet for a bag of sweets that their friend would never amount to anything.
Sir Martin said that achievements at St Albans School came at a cost, adding, “schools have to be more commercial today than ever before.
“St Albans is looking to make necessary improvements to its science and performing arts facilities, as well as creating further bursaries to enable less privileged but equally talented children to benefit from the opportunities that the school will allow.”