Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis up for sale as part of auction

Stephen Hawking communicated through a voice-generating computer and moved in a series of high-tech wheelchairs Stephen Hawking communicated through a voice-generating computer and moved in a series of high-tech wheelchairs
Guillermo Lane | 24 October, 2018, 20:43

World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking died in March at age 76.

His 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".

His wheelchair will be the last lot, with all proceeds going to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. A Brief History of Time would go on to sell more than 10 million copies, and each one came with Sagan's full endorsement: he authored the book's introduction.

The online sale announced Monday by auctioneer Christie's features 22 items from Hawking, including his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe, some of his many awards, and scientific papers such as "Spectrum of Wormholes" and "Fundamental Breakdown of Physics in Gravitational Collapse".

The thesis, one of the five original copies, is signed in Hawking's own handwriting, with the statement, "This dissertation is my original work". According to Christie's, the item is the earliest surviving example of a wheelchair used by Hawking, who used it until he was unable to use his hands.

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Christie's auction house is gearing up for next week's "On the Shoulders of Giants" event, highlighting the work of Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking. A leather bomber jacket and a copy of the script of the 22nd season premiere of "The Simpsons", entitled "Elementary School Musical", for which Hawking lent his voice. The disease is not treatable and only progresses.

Mr Venning said the wheelchair became a symbol not just of disability but of Professor Hawking's "puckish sense of humour".

Permobil supplied Hawking with some of his later and more famous chairs, including an F3 powerchair which it supplied in 2016. "Hawking threw a lavish party on 28 June 2009 for the benefit of time travellers", Christie's observes, "with the invitation, logically enough, being issued after the party had been held...'I sat there a long time, ' reported Hawking, 'but no one came'".

Christie's "On the Shoulders of Giants: Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Hawking" opens for bidding on Halloween, and concludes on November 8.

Lucy Hawking, the late physicist's daughter, told the AP that the auction will give "admirers of [Hawking's] work the chance to acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items".

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