One of the world’s most famous scientists might be on the move.
Money is at issue: Hawking has failed to secure a $40 million expansion to the Cambridge Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. Meanwhile, the Perimeter Institute in Ontario, Hawking’s potential destination, is rolling in more dough—about
$600 $300 million worth of public and private donations.
This story didn’t come out of nowhere, either. Last month the famous physicist ripped the British government for cutting £80 million—about $160 million—in research funding, saying it would hurt the U.K.’s global reputation, not to mention put many physics labs out of business.
Still, it’s an unusual circumstance: Disgruntled liberals are usually the people threatening to move to Canada, not eminent scientists.
Correction: The Telegraph originally reported the Perimeter Institute’s funding as £300 million, which we converted to $600 million (American). In fact, it should have been $300 million (Canadian), which equals about the same amount in American currency.