Author Lucy Hawking makes science accessible and entertaining through her ‘George’ book series of six adventure novels based on real science for young readers. Written in collaboration with world-leading scientists, the George series is published in over 40 languages, including Zulu and Xhosa.
In 2015, Lucy created the Principia Space Diary with Curved House Kids for the UK Space agency, a book for primary students about astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the ISS. Principia Space Diary was shortlisted in 2017 for the Arthur C Clarke award for education and outreach. In 2008, Lucy won the Sappio Prize for Popularizing Science and in 2015, the UNSW medal for Outstanding Science Communication. In July 2015, Lucy was awarded an honorary doctorate in science by Queen Mary University London for her work in STEM education. In 2017, Lucy was a judge on the Royal Society’s Young Science Book of the year and is a regular judge for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge in Palo Alto, USA. With the Guardian Media Group, Lucy made a virtual reality film, The Party, about an autistic teenage girl. The Party has been nominated for an award in the ‘social impact’ category at the annual VR Awards 2018. Lucy is now the Chairperson of the Stephen Hawking Foundation.