Stephen Hawking’s archives and office will be on display

(London) The University of Cambridge announced on Thursday that the scientific, but also personal, documents of British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who died in 2018, will be preserved in the University of Cambridge library, and his office will be reconfigured in the London Museum. Sciences.


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Of the 10,000 archive pages that will be available for reference in Cambridge, letters dating from 1944 to 2008, including personal documents such as the pirate story written of his father at the age of six, as well as correspondence with American presidents or famous scholars.

The library will also keep a first draft of his book Brief history of time, Released in 1988 that reached a very large audience, or even movie and TV scripts including episodes of The Simpsons with his character.

“It gives extraordinary insight into the evolution of Stephen’s scientific life, from his childhood to his student research, from a disability rights activist to a world-famous scientist with pioneering discoveries,” said Jessica Gardner, Curator of the University of Cambridge Library.

Her former office in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge will be faithfully rebuilt in the Science Museum in London’s South Kensington borough. Some items, such as custom wheelchairs, will be shown to the public in 2022.

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His sons Lucy, Tim and Robert Hawking said, “We are very happy that these two important institutions keep our father’s life working for the benefit of future generations and make his legacy accessible to the largest possible number of people,” hoping that his career will continue “to inspire generations of future scientists.”

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Stephen Hawking, known for his work on the universe, passed away at his home in Cambridge on March 14, 2018 at the age of 76.

The astrophysicist defied expectations that he had only a few years to live after contracting paralyzed neurodegenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Charcot’s disease, which was diagnosed in 1964.

The disease gradually deprived him of his ability to move and confined him to a wheelchair, and he was almost completely paralyzed and unable to speak except through his famous voice complex.

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