Tree-planting ceremony in memory of Dennis Avery
On 1st June the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) hosted a memorial ceremony honouring the life and friendship of Dennis S. Avery, who died last year. Dennis and his wife, Sally Tsui Wong-Avery, were enormously generous in supporting the research and the legacy in Cambridge of Professor Stephen Hawking, and established the endowment which led to the creation of the CTC in DAMTP in 2007.
The ceremony was attended by Sally and family members and friends, as well as the Vice-Chancellor, the Master of Trinity Hall, and several DAMTP faculty, staff and students. Professor Stephen Hawking was not well enough to participate, but he composed a short tribute for the occasion:
“It is with regret that I am unable to attend the DAMTP tree-planting ceremony in memory of Dennis. However, my thoughts are with Sally and all those gathered here today to honour Dennis both as a great friend and as a colleague.”
CTC Director, Professor Paul Shellard, emphasised how significant the Avery family’s gift had been to research in DAMTP:
The ceremony concluded with the planting of a dove tree, dedicated by the Venerable John Beer, Archdeacon of Cambridge, in the grounds of the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. The accompanying plaque includes a quotation from Dennis, describing how he and Sally had endowed the study of cosmology in Cambridge “to further the appreciation of what the Universe is and is not.”