STEPHEN HAWKING JOINS SEATTLE SCIENCE FESTIVAL FOR RARE U.S. APPEARANCE

Contact: Wendy Malloy
Pacific Science Center, Seattle
(206) 443-2879
wmalloy@pacsci.org

Tickets on sale NOW

SEATTLE - May 22, 2012 - Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists of modern times, bestselling author, professor and scientist Stephen Hawking will take the stage in Seattle for one night only for the Seattle Science Festival Luminaries Series: Evolution event on June 16.

Joining Professor Hawking at this exciting event at the Paramount Theater are world-renowned palaeontologist Dr. Jack Horner and award-winning biologist Dr. Leroy Hood. Horner is noted for his discovery of the dinosaur genus 'Maiasaura' and was technical consultant to the movie series 'Jurassic Park'. Hood's inventions have revolutionized biomedicine and are credited with 'unlocking much of the mystery of human biology.' Interwoven with these presentations will be a performance of the world's first peer-reviewed rap, New York's renowned 'Rap Guide to Evolution,' as well as a stunning performance of the work 'Euclidean Space' by Seattle's critically acclaimed Spectrum Dance Theater.

Tickets are now on sale, with a special VIP package for guests looking for the "best seat in house" for this rare opportunity with Stephen Hawking. For $197, guests will receive premium seating and access to the exclusive VIP cocktail reception with the speakers, as well as general admission tickets to each of the four additional Luminaries Series events taking place throughout June. Single tickets are also available starting from $10 for students and can be purchased at seattlesciencefestival.org.

"We are thrilled that Stephen Hawking will be able to join the Seattle Science Festival Luminaries Series. It is an honor for our community that he will join us as we launch the inaugural Seattle Science Festival" said Ellen Lettvin, Ph.D., Seattle Science Center Festival Director and Vice President for Science & Education at Pacific Science Center. "The overarching goal of the Seattle Science Festival is to demonstrate, at the highest possible level, that science is an integral part of our community's culture. It aspires to enhance scientific literacy in our community and inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers. Hawking's participation in this momentous event will certainly catalyse excitement about science in our community."

The Science Luminaries Series is a month-long program consisting of five provocative and entertaining evenings that will celebrate the exploration of science and technology through a new cultural paradigm that interweaves TED-style talks with cultural performances.

The Luminaries Series is part of the month-long celebration of science taking place in June, as part of the inaugural Seattle Science Festival. Additional programs include Science EXPO Day, a free family event on June 2 on the grounds of Seattle Center, featuring more than 150 hands-on exhibits, demonstrations and activities and Science Festival week, June 3-10, comprised of more than 90 programs and events for all ages throughout the Puget Sound area.

Showcasing the best scientific, technological and educational resources the region has to offer, the Seattle Science Festival is organized by Pacific Science Center in collaboration with the community's cultural, educational, research and business communities. Collaborators to date include: University of Washington, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Institute for Systems Biology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), EMP Museum, Seattle Opera, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, PATH, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle Children's Research Center, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle University, Washington NASA Space Grant, Washington STEM and many more organizations. Visit the Seattle Science Festival website for more details and the current event calendar.

In addition to a generous grant from lead sponsor JPMorgan Chase Foundation, program support for the Seattle Science Festival comes from The Boeing Company, Microsoft Corporation, Next 50 Seattle Center 2012, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ordinary People Foundation, Intellectual Ventures, Google and Washington STEM, media partner, KOMO 4 and exclusive print partner, The Seattle Times.