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Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has been added to the lineup of speakers for the Seattle Science Festival next month.

The author of A Brief History of Time and former professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge will join other notable speakers on June 16th as part of the Luminaries Series, a monthlong series of talks on a wide-range of topics.

“Hawking’s participation in this momentous event will certainly catalyse excitement about science in our  community,” Ellen Lettvin, festival director and vice president for science and education at Pacific Science Center said in a news release sent to the P-I.

The June 16th event — part of a monthlong celebration of science in the Seattle area — will focus on the topic of evolution. Other speakers on the docket include:

  • Dr. Jack Horner, the famed paleontologist who found the first clear evidence that some dinosaurs cared for their young and who served as the technical advisor for all of the Jurassic Park films.
  • Dr. Leroy Hood, a renowned biologist, inventor and entrepreneur. His prize-winning research is responsible for automating DNA sequencing, which revolutionized biomedicine and forensic science. His research has helped to unlock much of the mystery of human biology by helping decode the genome.
  • Baba Brinkman, a Canadian rapper, will perform The Rap Guide to Evolution, an award-winning performance that premiered at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and debuted off-Broadway in New York City in June 2011.


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