A book that the late physicist Stephen Hawking anyhow signed in 1973, back at the time when he could still hold a pen and pen down his autograph, is going up for the auctions this week by Nate D. Sanders Auctions. Stephen Hawking, likely to be the world’s most famous physicist of his era, left us last month at the age of 76. But he is still alive in young researchers as an inspiration to keep exploring no matter what comes your way.
Stephen Hawking signed the book ”The Archaeology of the Industrial Revolution’,” back in 1973, shortly before he was physically not able to write his name due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative nerve condition that’s commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In addition to Hawking, the book is also signed by several other physicists and members of the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy at Cambridge University to celebrate an employee who was leaving his job as a computer operator at the Institute of Astronomy (IOA) at the University of Cambridge, in England.
The Hawking’s signature can be seen on the title page of the book “The Archaeology of the Industrial Revolution,” (Heinemann, 1973). Legible John Hancock can be seen in blue ink at the bottom of this page. Below Hawking’s signature, one of the well-wishers incripted, “With gratitude and best wishes from the friends of the IOA computer staff.”
The book also comes with an email chain proving the record of ownership by all the recipients of the book and the auction house states the rare signature as a “fantastic item, captured during the brief time that Hawking’s physical condition was declining but his intellectual achievements were rapidly accelerating.”