The University of Cambridge has announced that the archive of the late world-renowned theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author Stephen Hawking will be digitized and made freely available to students, researchers, and the public. The archive will boast a wide selection from Hawking’s seminal works on theoretical physics to scripts from his appearance on The Simpsons, as well as many of his personal mementos.

Stephen Hawking was the director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was also the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the university between 1979 and 2009. He is considered one of the brightest theoretical physicists to have ever lived along with Albert Einstein.

The archive will be divided across the Cambridge University Library and the British Science Museum. As Cambridge University Librarian Dr. Jessica Gardner aptly puts it, “the archive allows us to step inside Stephen’s mind and to travel with him around the cosmos to, as he said, ‘better understand our place in the universe.’”

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