Membership Insignia of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences

Made:
1986 in Vatican City
commissioner:
Pontifical Academy of Sciences
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Membership Insignia of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences
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Membership Insignia of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Membership Insignia of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Membership Insignia of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Group image of E2021.0126.47 The White House Millennium Council brooch, 2000, 5cm. high, E2021.0126.45 The Papal Medal
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Membership insignia (medal) of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences, Vatican City, 1986, on a collar (chain).

Hawking became a member of the Vatican’s prestigious scientific academy in 1986. Membership of the academy, which gathers 80 of the world’s leading scientists, is based on merit rather than religious beliefs.

Hawking was not religious, although he provocatively wrote in his book A Brief History of Time that if we could answer why we and the universe exist ‘we would know the mind of God’.

Details

Category:
Stephen Hawking Office
Collection:
Stephen Hawking’s Office
Object Number:
2021-561/17/1
Measurements:
medal: 49 mm,
type:
medal
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • information forms
  • devices (symbols)
credit:
Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government from the Estate of Stephen Hawking and allocated to the Science Museum, 2021