The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize laureate in literature, Stephen Hawking, has been described as the most influential American scholar in the field of human rights since its inception.
Hawking is best known for his pioneering work on quantum physics, but his influence is widely recognised.
He is also a leader of the Emerging Scholars Program, which helps American scholars explore new areas of study.
“He has had an impact on our field and on the whole field,” said Jennifer Dickey, chair of the program.
“I am sure he will continue to do so in the future.”
The Emerging Scholar Program was established by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016 and was renamed the Stephen Hawking Scholars Program in 2017.
Its mission is to encourage, support and foster the work of emerging scholars by bringing together researchers from around the world to explore the ideas and experiences that are shaping our world today.
A number of the recipients of the 2018 Nobel Peace prize are among the first American scholars to take part in the program, which is funded by the Ford Foundation and the American Association of University Professors.
Among those invited to this year’s Nobel Prize ceremony is Daniel Pink, a human rights scholar at the University of Cambridge, and his wife, Emma Pink, who are also academics.
“The Emerging Scholarship Program was born out of the desire of the American people to hear from their intellectuals about what they were doing that has an impact in their own countries,” Dickey said.
“They are always interested in how we might build upon the insights they have gained in the fields of science, technology, medicine and the humanities, and how they can contribute to furthering their knowledge of the world.”
The programme aims to foster intellectual engagement and engagement with the field.
“Stephen Hawking and I have been honoured to be among the inaugural fellows of the emergent scholars program and look forward to working with fellow scholars across the US and around the globe,” Pink said.
The program has received funding from the American Humanist Association, the John Templeton Foundation and several foundations, including the US Department of State.
The Emergent Scholars Program is sponsored by the International Academy of the Sciences and Humanities, which was founded in 1996 to promote research and scholarship on topics related to human rights.