Café Scientifique Harpenden

June 11th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge

Café Scientifique Harpenden is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. They meet on the last Monday (unless it is a bank holiday) of the month at The Silver Cup, Harpenden. Talks start at 7.30pm - 8.30pm and all manner of science can be discussed.

With such a famous scientist the Old Albanian Stephen Hawking having gone to school and lived so close as a young man it is great to continue the exploration of science in St Albans and Harpenden. Professor Hawking was also married in St Albans which is where his first wife Jane was born.

St Albans school student Stephen Hawking was a scientific phenomenon he spent his life spent exploring space and, famously, the black hole phenomena. His book A Brief History of Time has sold over 10m copies since it was first published in 1988. In his personal life, he also defied his diagnosis with motor neurone disease. At just 22 he was only given a few years to live, yet defied his doctor’s expectations and lived till he was 76. 

Professor Hawking attended St Albans' School from 1952 until 1959 and after leaving he regularly returned to help fundraise for his alma mater. When the school wanted to expand its science and performing arts facilities to double the number of bursaries and scholarships it could offer to pupils like the professor, who was given a grant to attend, he readily helped with fundraising. 

He has inspired many people at St Albans school, the headmaster Jonathan Gillespie and award-winning physics teacher Martin Guy have both cited him as an example. In 2015, The Hawking Building was opened at the school with state-of-the-art science facilities.

If you want to discuss more science in Harpenden or St Albans Café Scientifique Harpenden offers an opportunity to get involved. Tickets are free and can be booked via Eventbrite, email Twitter: @csharpenden