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Caltech Physicist Leonard Mlodinow to Visit Hendrix College Campus

Mlodinow_web.png“Mlodinow never fails to make science both accessible and entertaining.” — Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time

CONWAY, Ark. (March 10, 2021) — Caltech physicist Leonard Mlodinow will visit Hendrix College as a Murphy Visiting Writer on March 16, 2021. He will discuss his science writing career at 7:30 p.m. in Staples Auditorium and in the Hendrix-Murphy Events channel of the Hendrix Community Events Team. This event is free and open to the public. Please email for information on how to join.

A theoretical physicist and author, Mlodinow is recognized for his groundbreaking discoveries in physics as well as his ability to write about science for the general public. He is the author of five best-selling books, including Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics; The Grand Design, co-authored with Stephen Hawking; Subliminal: How your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior; and The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives. The Grand Design reached #1 on the New York Times best-seller list and Subliminal won the 2013 PEN/E.O. Wilson award for literary science writing.

Mlodinow has written for several TV shows, such as Hunter, MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the comedy series Night Court. Between 1997 and 2003 he was Vice President for Software Development and then Vice President and Publisher for Math Education at Scholastic Inc. While there, he wrote Euclid’s Window: The story of geometry from parallel lines to hyperspace, which has now appeared in 16 languages.

While on the Hendrix campus, Mlodinow will meet with multiple academic departments and their students, offering a rare opportunity for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors to speak with a professional who focuses on the craft of writing about their interests.

This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, please contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or

About the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation

Hendrix-Murphy Programs enrich the study of literature and language for Hendrix College as a whole as well as for students with intensive interest in those areas. The late Mr. Charles H. Murphy, Jr., former Chair of the Board of Murphy Oil Corporation and former member of the Hendrix Board of Trustees, established the Foundation in 1978 in memory of his mother, Mrs. Bertie Wilson Murphy. A 1905 graduate of Galloway Women’s College—which later became part of Hendrix College—Mrs. Murphy possessed a lifelong love of literature and language, to which these programs are exclusively dedicated.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit