London : A cosmic visionary, physicist, great scientist, an international inspiration plus a global celeb, Stephen Hawking’s greatness is far beyond the cosmos.
Stephen Hawking’s unique status is reflected in an upcoming auction of some of the late physicist’s possessions: It includes complex scientific papers, one of the world’s most iconic wheelchairs and a script from “The Simpsons.”
The online sale announced on Monday by auctioner Christie’s features 22 items from Hawking, including his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe, some of his awards, and scientific papers such as “Spectrum of Wormholes” and “Fundamental Breakdown of Physics in Gravitational Collapse.”
Stephen Hawking : A visionary and an international celeb
Diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 22 and given just a few years to live, he survived for decades, dying March at 76.
The auction includes one of five existing copies of Hawking’s 1965 Cambridge University Ph.D. thesis, “Properties of Expanding Universes,” which carries an estimated price of 100,000 pounds to 150,000 pounds ($130,000 to $195,000).
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Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis up for sale
Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair became a symbol not just of disability but of Hawking’s “puckish sense of humor.” He once ran over the Prince Charles’ toes – and reportedly joked that he wished he had done the same to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – and appeared in a “Monty Python” skit running down. fellow physicist Brian Cox.
Stephen Hawking : Scientific marvel
The sale includes a script from one of Hawking’s own personal items such as a bomber jacket that he wore in a documentary. A copy of his best-seller “A Brief History of Time” signed with a thumbprint.