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Stephen Hawking’s Cambridge office donates to the Science Museum



The “artist’s studio” of an office where Stephen Hawking revolutionized our understanding of the universe has been donated to the Science Museum and will be recreated there as part of his permanent exhibition.

The physicist’s family handed over a treasure trove of items including the modified wheelchair that allowed him to speak and write despite the effects of motor neuron disease that gradually crippled him.

Dr Ali Boyle, curator of science at the Science Museum, said the museum hopes to show some of Cambridge University’s highlights next year, including a copy of his doctorate, a selection of medals including his CBE and his glasses equipped with a sensor allowing him to speak by moving his cheekbones.

Tortoiseshell glasses with analog sensor

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She said: “The biggest project is cataloging the whole office, recreating the whole office as an artist’s studio basically, and then hoping to exhibit it in a permanent gallery, but that will take us a few more years. to do it “.

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair at the Science Museum

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Articles including office furniture, research notes, and a series of bets he made with other scientists on the nature of black holes have been turned over to museums – his records being for the library of the University of Cambridge – under an acceptance agreement in lieu of paying a tax bill. of £ 4.2 million.

Hawking, who was played by Eddie Redmayne in the biopic The Theory of Everything, was the most famous scientist of his generation reaching audiences like no other with appearances in The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory.

Her children, Lucy, Tim and Robert Hawking said they were delighted the donations “make her legacy accessible to the widest possible audience.”

Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group, said: “By preserving Stephen’s desk and its historical contents as part of the Science Museum Group collection, future generations will be able to delve deeply into the world of a theoretical physicist from world famous who defied the laws of medicine to rewrite the laws of physics and touch the hearts of millions of people. These remarkable objects might even inspire the next Professor Hawking to question the world around us.