Stephen Hawking’s scientific writings and personal possessions have been preserved as a national asset forever at the University of Cambridge and the Science Museum London (Science Museum).
Topics include childhood letters, descriptions of his television appearances, and the work of a scientist recording groundbreaking black holes research. His scholarly writings and correspondence with his colleagues in the group recorded the works of his own mind, theories and ideas that he had continuously improved over time.
The 10,000-page archive will be kept in the Cambridge University Library forever, and its former office will be on display at the Science Museum in London next year, along with a few select monuments. BBC News reported that the scientist’s wheelchairs, speech synthesizer and office furniture will be featured.
The son of the late scientist Tim Hawking said the family is delighted to save his father’s business and memories of future generations.
He said, “Our father will be very happy. Throughout his life, it was very important for him to make science accessible to the largest possible number of people, to democratize it, and not just to preserve it for a few privileged people.”
Part of the collection is a letter Stephen Hawking wrote to his father when he was six years old. The childish writing, with its many strokes, tells the story of a pirate. In the signature little boy Stephen closes his lines with “a hug and a kiss.”
Hawking was a regular letter writer, communicating with American Popes, Presidents, and Nobel Prize winners. However, the letters highlight the deterioration of his handwriting after he was diagnosed with his illness in 1963.
The World has appeared regularly in various TV shows like Brain Teasers, Star Trek, and The Simpson Family. The textbook for these shows is also archived.
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