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Indians are so good at mathematics and physics: Hawking in India

IANS  |  New Delhi 

It was January 2001 when British Stephen came to for the first time, later describing the 16-day long tour as "magnificent".

In the first leg of the tour in Mumbai, addressed an international seminar at the (TIFR).

He was felicitated with the first "Sarojini Damodaran Fellowship" during the "Strings 2001" conference.

delivered several lectures during the five-day seminar, including one titled "The Universe in a Nutshell," Quartz reported on Wednesday.

Later, Hawking took a city tour in a specially designed vehicle from that accommodated his wheelchair.

The also celebrated his 59th birthday at the where he stayed.

In New Delhi, Hawking met then at who later described the 45-minute meeting with the British as "an unforgettable experience".

"Indians are so good at mathematics and physics", the British had told the

According to Narayanan, Hawking was the "symbol of human hope and inspiration for all those who are handicapped in one way or the other".

Hawking also visited and Qutab Minar.

He delivered the Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture in on January 15.

Hawking, who shaped modern cosmology and inspired millions despite suffering from a life-threatening condition, died on Wednesday. He was 76.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 13:52 IST