“Stephen Hawking was the most accomplished science communicator of our time. Not only did he popularise extraordinarily complex ideas and make them available to people from all walks of like, but his legacy inspired artists to make work that further enriched our understanding of the universe and our place within it.
What distinguished Hawking was that his research insights always shaped the subject of his science communication. In so doing, he made the massive jump that much science communication fails to achieve, namely to bring the latest ideas to the public’s attention. Hawking did this in leaps and bounds and was also a deeply humanitarian figure, as much concerned with the survival of the human species as he was for the idea of life in its entirety.”
“In the final years of his life, he turned his attention to the opportunities and risks afforded by artificial intelligence and how this could contribute to or detract from improving the lives of the people most worse off in society. In this respect, Hawking’s contribution was always wrapped in a deep commitment to the pursuit of life and to our enjoyment of it. His contribution beyond physics will live on for years to come, notably in the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, which was first awarded in 2015."