Science Museum opens Stephen Hawking. A 70th birthday celebration

. January 20, 2012 . 0 Comments

The Science Museum in London presents Stephen Hawking: A 70th birthday celebration, a free exhibition on view Fri 20 Jan 2012 – Mon 09 Apr 2012.

Science Museum’s photograph of Professor Stephen Hawking in his office at University of Cambridge, where he is Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and where he also founded the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. Science Museum/Sarah Lee.

The display features objects and papers primarily sourced from his own archives including handwritten notes on work with Roger Penrose, his drawing of the Hawking Radiation mechanism, the annotated script for a 1999 guest appearance on The Simpsons, and the blue suit he wore for a zero-gravity flight in 2007. The display also includes a specially recorded message and a selection of personal photographs from Hawking’s life and career that haven’t been seen before. A rarely-seen 1978 portrait by David Hockney is also featured.

This first ever display of items from the Hawking archive encourages visitors to reflect on the relationship between Hawking’s scientific achievements, particularly the work that established his reputation in the 1960s and ‘70s, and his immense success in popularising astrophysics. Hawking and his daughter Lucy have been involved in the selection of objects for display.

The Science Museum, which Professor Hawking describes as ‘one of my favourite places’, has also commissioned a series of photographic portraits of Professor Hawking, in his office at the University of Cambridge, which will feature in the display. – www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

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