The Spectacles And Wheelchair Of Professor Stephen Hawking Will Be On Exhibit At Science Museum In London

Two UK cultural organizations have purchased a collection of Professor Stephen Hawking’s personal items and documents, which will serve as a time capsule of his life and work.

It is the result of a collaboration between the government, the Science Museum Group, and the Cambridge University Library.

The entirety of his office will be conserved at the Science Museum in London, with selected highlights on exhibit beginning in early 2022.

One of his earliest voice synthesizers, one of his final wheelchairs, scientific bets signed with his thumbprint, and letters to popes, presidents, and scientists will be among the items on display.

A pair of spectacles with a sensor that he operated by twitching his cheek will also be on display at the museum.

His communications equipment was originally operated by finger clickers, but by 2008, he was no longer able to use his fingers, so they designed a device that was worn on his eyeglasses.

The glasses were equipped with an infrared LED and receiver, which were connected to an analogue blink switch that turned the signals into an on-off switch.

lgnews--Professor-Stephen-HawkingStephen Hawking is widely regarded as one of the finest scientists of the twentieth century.

“One of the most amazing things about his life was how many various strands there were,” his daughter Lucy Hawking said, adding that the collections “create a portrait of the whole person he was.”

“He was a scientist, an activist, a very brave guy, a medical marvel, and a friend to a wide range of amazing individuals. And yet, of course, he was also our father.”

Future generations will be able to dive into the mind of a scientist who “defied the norms of medicine to rewrite the rules of physics and touch the hearts of millions,” according to Sir Ian Blatchford, head of the Science Museum Group.

The archive at the University of Cambridge has 10,000 pages of Prof Hawking’s work, which will be housed alongside Sir Isaac Newton’s papers and Charles Darwin’s work. It implies that three of the most significant scientific archives will be accessible from a single location.

Mr. Hawking died in March 2018 at the age of 76, after suffering from motor neuron disease for more than five decades, and his remains were laid alongside Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey.

He started his graduate career at the University of Cambridge, where he had an office until his death.

Professor Stephen J Toope, the university’s vice-chancellor, described him as “an iconic personality not only in this university and city, but around the world, an inspiration to everyone who encountered him, and admired by many, including myself.”

“Each generation stands on the shoulders of those who have gone before them, just as I did as a young Ph.D. student at Cambridge,” Mr. Hawking remarked when his Ph.D. thesis was made openly available in 2017.

lgnews--Professor-Stephen-Hawking.jpg3The massive scientific treasure trove is believed to benefit today’s young scientists and even inspire the next Professor Stephen Hawking.

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