Trondheim, Norway (June 8, 2017)—Science festival Starmus has announced that French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre is one of this year’s recipients of the Stephen Hawking Science Medal for Science Communication.
Jarre is honored this year in the music and arts category alongside Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, who founded the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in 1997, and is honored for science writing. The medal for films and entertainment goes to the long-running CBS/Warner Bros. TV series The Big Bang Theory.
“It is indeed a truly great honor to have been chosen by Professor Hawking and the Starmus board to win this year’s Stephen Hawking Medal for Science & Communication, for my music,” said Jarre. “Since I composed Oxygene 40 years ago as a manifesto for climate change and as an alert for the awareness of the future of our planet, my music has been very much inspired by, and linked to, space, time and science. I am proud, yet humbled, to receive this medal in recognition of my work.”
The medals will be presented at Starmus, which is hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, on June 20, 2017. This year’s keynote speaker, Professor Hawking, will be joined by Buzz Aldrin, Oliver Stone, Larry King and 11 Nobel Laureates at the festival, which runs from June 18 through June 28.
For more on Jarre and his amazing private studio, see our exclusive interview with the artist from our March 2017 issue.