In 2006, a £1m gift from Dennis Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery established the Stephen Hawking Trust Fund, which supports the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within DAMTP.
The idea for the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) grew out of discussions between Dennis S Avery and Stephen Hawking at Stephen’s 60th Birthday conference in 2002. Stephen wanted to establish an endowment to provide permanent support for research in theoretical cosmology in Cambridge. Denis conceived of this as a “Newton’s Nest”, a place where the next Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein could emerge to revolutionise our understanding of the Universe. With the generous support of Dennis and his wife Sally Tsui Wong-Avery, the Stephen Hawking Trust Fund, which now supports the CTC, was established within the University.
Cambridge owes its world-leading excellence in research and teaching to the generosity of its supporters. Our history is synonymous with a history of far-sighted benefaction, and the same is as true today as it has ever been.