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’.
- Stephen Hawking Office
- Stephen Hawking’s Office
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medal: 49 mm,
- visual and verbal communication
- information forms
- devices (symbols)
- Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government from the Estate of Stephen Hawking and allocated to the Science Museum, 2021