Stephen Hawking's wheelchair will go on display outside of London

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, specially adapted glasses and 1996 PhD thesis will go on display outside of London for the first time

  • Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis will go on display in Bradford next month
  • The academic’s personal effects are currently on display at the Science Museum
  • The exhibition will give an insight into how he lived with motor neurone disease

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, PhD thesis and specially adapted glasses will go on display in Bradford in the first display outside the capital city.

Hundreds of the Cambridge Professor’s belongings, including a copy of his 1996 PhD thesis and specially-adapted spectacles which helped him to communicate, make up part of the exhibition Stephen Hawking at Work.

The academic’s personal effects are currently on display at the Science Museum in London, but will move up north next month.

The display opens to the public at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford from February 9.

It will be the first time the collection is being displayed outside of the capital.

Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis will go on display in Bradford – alongside other items from the late genius’s personal collection

Hundreds of the Cambridge Professor’s belongings, including a copy of his 1996 PhD thesis make up part of the exhibition Stephen Hawking at Work

The exhibition will also give an insight into how the world-renowned physicist lived with motor neurone disease.

When he was initially diagnosed he was given a two year prognosis – but went on to live alongside the disease for five years.

Dr Juan-Andres Leon, Curator of Stephen Hawking at Work, said: ‘On display for the first time outside of London, visitors to the National Science and Media Museum will be able to explore extraordinary objects from Professor Stephen Hawking’s office.

‘These notable items give a rare glimpse into Hawking’s remarkable life as a world-renowned theoretical physicist to inspire the next generation of scientists and thinkers.

The exhibition will also give an insight into how the world-renowned physicist lived with motor neurone disease

The academic’s personal effects are currently on display at the Science Museum in London, but will move up north next month

‘The Science Museum Group acquired Hawking’s most treasured possessions in May 2021 and now audiences from across the country will have the opportunity to see a selection of these fascinating objects up close.’

The display contains one of only five known copies of the prof’s PhD thesis which examined possible solutions to Einstein’s equations of general relativity to demonstrate that the universe must have originated in a singularity, a single point of infinite density.

Mr Hawking’s daughter, Lucy, said: ‘It’s wonderful to see items from my father’s office brought together at the National Science and Media Museum as part of a highlights display.

‘Dad’s office was such a unique and fascinating environment, and I hope this display might inspire some scientists of the future.’

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