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Microsoft founder Bill Gates given Hawking Fellowship




Bill Gates has been announced as the recipient of the 2019 Professor Hawking Fellowship.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

The billionaire philanthropist and main founder of Microsoft Corporation will be delivering the fellowship lecture on Monday, October 7, in the Cambridge Union Society debating chamber.

The society’s chair of trustees, Lord Smith of Finsbury, said: “The Hawking Fellowship gives us the opportunity to honour those who have changed the world through the application of science and technology.

"No one could better fit this description than Bill Gates, who already has close connections with Cambridge, and we’re honoured to be welcoming him at the start of this new term.”

The society’s president, Rachel Tustin, added: “He is eminently deserving of this accolade, both in his role as principal founder of Microsoft Corporation, and his impactful philanthropy through initiatives such as the Giving Pledge and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

The Hawking Fellowship, which recognises the contributions made by Stephen Hawking, allows the University of Cambridge to honour people who have changed the world through science or technology.



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