Wednesday , June 16 2021

Professor Stephen Hawking appeared on the new "50p black hole coin"

Professor Stephen Hawking, who died a year ago this week, was honored with a new 50-pair coin.

The design of the coin is inspired by Hawking's work on black holes, and has an impression of a black hole artist along with one of Hawking's equations above his name.

The famous physicist died at the age of 76 and joined Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton as one of several selected scientists who appear on British coins.

Speaking of the new coin, designer Edwin Ellis said, through BBC News:

I wanted to collect a big black hole on the small coin and I wish that he is still here, readable in thought.

Ellis said she wants the coin to think how Hawking "made the heavy objects available, engaging and connecting", especially when it comes to black holes.

After visiting the Royal Mint, where a coin was made, the daughter of Professor Hawking, Lucy, said:

It is a great privilege to put on a coin and I hope my dad will be pleased to be with Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin as scientists who made it for money.

Professor Hawking worked intensively on black holes, and generally wrote about them in his book Brief history of time. He also once told the BBC he thinks his discovery that black holes are not completely black will be his "greatest achievement".

Prof. Hawking is only the third person in British history to be celebrated with a coin a year after their death. The first two are former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Queen Mother.

The coin's release coincides with his death on March 14, 2018, caused by motor neurone diseases, to which he was diagnosed at the age of 21. Hawking initially received only two years to live by doctors, but he completely opposed the chances that lived at the age of 76.

The physicist was best known for his research on the Black Holes, with his book on fiction Brief history of time playful Hawking on star status. She stayed on The Sunday Times a list of bestsellers for 237 weeks, selling 10 million copies and translated into 40 different languages, according to Keeper.

The book discusses the origin, development and eventual destiny of the universe. His descriptions of Big Bang, black holes and general relativity. As a physicist and cosmologist, he also served as research director at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

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