Cambridge University acquires Hawking collection!

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Stephen Hawking’s archives and office are bought by two cultural institutions in Britain. These two institutions bought all archives in a £4.2 million ($5.9 million) deal on behalf of the country.This deal is a gift to British citizens, and the UK science museum described this deal as a “once-in-a-lifetime” acquisition.

The archives cover all the paperwork, reports, thesis, personal letters, and mementos collected by Stephen Hawking. The museum and Cambridge University Library (UL) declared this deal on Wednesday. The gathering was attended by Lucy and Tim Hawking, which are kids of Stephen hawking.

Britain’s Minister for Digital and Culture Caroline Dinenage said that the acquisition was after an “Acceptance in Lieu” agreement. The agreement is a government scheme in which citizens pay for their inheritance bills by transferring essential, scientific, and historical objects to government authorities.The museum describes this acquisition as a love letter and mementos from late scientist Stephen Hawking.

“Following an Acceptance in Lieu agreement, Hawking’s vast archive of scientific and personal papers will remain in Cambridge at the University Library, while the entire contents of Hawking’s office will be preserved as part of the Science Museum Group Collection,” the statement added.

In the scientist’s office, authorities found Stephen Hawking wheelchairs, speech synthesizers, and personal memorabilia. Cambridge University will have store 10,000 pages of scientists’ thesis, and a tremendous collection of photographs with figures featured with scientists will also remain in the university. Among the gifts, there is a letter from young Stephen to his father dated 1948.

“Some deeply personal items are evident, too — such as a 1948 letter from a young Stephen to his father,” the statement added.
The university further stated that they are raising enough funds to conserve and safeguard Stephen’s legacy. The museum also plans to exhibit the acquired items next year. “We are very pleased that these two important institutions will preserve our father’s life’s work for the benefit of generations to come and make his legacy accessible to the widest possible audience,” Hawking’s children, Lucy, Tim and Robert said.

Stephen Hawking were the most transcendent scientist diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at 21. Despite the pain and disease, he created a path breaking career in theoretical physics. He died at the age of 76( 2018).

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