Stephen Hawking's papers to be saved for the nation

May 2021

Professor Stephen Hawking's scientific papers and personal possessions are to be saved for the nation. The objects include childhood letters, scripts from his TV appearances and Prof Hawking's ground-breaking research into black holes.


The 10,000-page archive will be kept in perpetuity at Cambridge University library. His office will be reconstructed in the Science Museum next year and selected highlights will go on display.


Prof Hawking's son, Tim, said that the family was delighted that his body of work and memories of his life were being safeguarded for future generations. "Our father would be really pleased," he said. "It was really important during his lifetime that science be opened up to the widest possible number of people and be democratized and not be the preserve of the elite few."


Selected highlights from Hawking’s office will go on public view for the first time in a new display at the Science Museum in early 2022.

To find out more visit www.sciencemuseum