Rare Stephen Hawking-signed book is going on the auction

A copy of the book which shows that it is signed by Dr. Hawking in 1973. (Credit: Nate D. Sanders Auctions)

Stephen Hawking, perhaps the world’s most famous physicist, died last month at the age of 76. But his memory continues to live on, as a book, signed by the late scientist goes to the auction for this week.

The book, “The Archaeology of the Industrial Revolution’,” was signed by Hawking in 1973, shortly before he was physically unable to write his name AS, commonly known as the Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In addition to Hawking’s signature, the book is also signed by several other members of the Institute for Theoretical Astronomy at the University of Cambridge to celebrate an employee leaving his job as a computer operator.

(The inside of the book showing that it was signed by Dr. Hawking in 1973. Credit: Nate D. Sanders Auctions)

Below, Hawking ‘ s signature is the inscription: “With thanks and best wishes of the friends of the IOA staff.”


The book has a number of “light pulling away from the binder” at the bottom of the page with the signature, but is generally in near fine condition,” according to the lot description. It also comes with an e-mail chain shows the recording of the responsibility of the recipient of the book and is described as a “fantastic item, made during the short time that Hawking’s physical condition was deteriorating, but his intellectual achievements were rapidly accelerating.”

The famous physicist was a researcher at the Institute from 1968 to 1973. It was during his time that he published what many consider his first major book, “The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time”, published in 1973.

In addition to the publishing of the book, Hawking’s time at the Institute, a number of his most important. It was there that he early breakthroughs around both black holes and quantum mechanics.

It was also during his time in Cambridge, where he was diagnosed with als, a fatal motor neuron disease that leads to progressive muscle weakness and atrophy. In 1975, He was in a wheelchair.


Although Hawking, who died on March 14, can be physically handicapped, he managed to have a fulfilling life. A number of his remarkable performance on writing books, including the bestseller “A brief History of Time,” teacher of physics and mathematics, delivering speeches, floating in zero gravity, while he is in the field of cosmology and quantum gravity.

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Not modest about his life’s work, he once said: “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists.”

The registration for the book starts at $28,000 and the auction ends April 26.

Fox News contributed to this story. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia

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