Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis have been raised at an auction over £ 1 million.

The famous physicist, who died in March of this year, had his personal belongings sold for nine days at an online auction.

In addition to the wheelchair and the signed diploma thesis (one of only five copies) was also a script for his appearance in the animation show The Simpsons sold.

Professor Hawking's wheelchair raised £ 296,750 while his PhD thesis entitled Properties of Expanding Universes received £ 584,750. The Simpsons script was sold for £ 6,250.

Proceeds from the sale of the red leather wheelchair go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair was sold for £ 296,750 (Getty).

The auctioneer Christie had a number of other items related to the scientist, including a collection of his medals and awards.

According to Professor Hawkings daughter Lucy, the auction "Admiring his work" gave the chance to recollect the extraordinary life of our father in the form of a small selection of evocative and fascinating objects. "

Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 22 and given two years to live. Nevertheless, he lived in 76 and became world famous for his work in astrophysics.

The Simpsons script sold at the auction (Image: Christies)

His most famous work, A Short History Of Time, was released in 1988 and has been sold over 10 million copies and translated into 35 languages.

The physicist has recently published his final book "Short answer to the big questions" posthumously.

Among other things, the book addresses the question of whether there is a God, whether there is an intelligent life in the universe and whether time travel is actually possible.

"We are all free to believe what we want, and in my opinion the simplest explanation is that there is no God," he writes, according to The Telegraph.

Scientist Stephen Hawking died in March (Getty)

"Nobody created the universe and no one governs destiny.

"This leads me to a profound realization: there is probably no heaven and no life after death. I believe that belief in life after death is just wishful thinking. "

Stephen Hawking's big questions answered

1. Is there a god?

There is no god. Nobody guides the universe. & # 39;

2. How did it all start?

"In a hot big bang."

3. Is there another intelligent life in the universe?

There are forms of intelligent life out there. We have to be careful when answering back until we have progressed a bit further. & # 39;

4. Can we predict the future?

# No and Yes. Basically, laws allow us to predict the future, but in practice it is too difficult. & # 39;

5. What's in a black hole?

"Falling into a black hole is definitely bad news. If it were a black hole of star masses, they would be processed into spaghetti before reaching the horizon. & # 39;

6. Is time travel possible?

"A journey back in time can not be excluded in our current understanding"

7. Will we survive on earth?

"The current world order has a future, but it will be a very different one."

8. Should we colonize space?

"I expect that we will be traveling everywhere in the solar system for the next hundred years."

9. Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?

"A super-intelligent AI is extremely good at achieving goals, and if those goals do not match ours, we have problems."

10. How do we shape the future?

"Remember to look up at the stars and not at your feet."

Hawking not only answered the questions, but also revealed some fears he had about the future – especially that a race of superman might be the downfall of us all.

In the book, Professor Hawking explains that he fears that wealthy people will start working on their own DNA and that of their children to create "supermen" who are smarter and live longer.


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