Stephen Hawking's Thesis, First Wheelchair to Be Auctioned Off

Live Science | 10/22/2018 | Staff
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Following the passing of the great Stephen Hawking in March, some of the physicist's possessions are up for auction at Christie's in London.

Also being auctioned off is the wheelchair Hawking used from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, before he lost the ability to use his hands.

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The famous physicist was diagnosed at just 21 years old with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. At the time, Hawking was told that he had only a few years to live. The doctors were off by several decades; the scientist lived to age 76.

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ALS is characterized by progressive weakening of muscles, including those of the vocal cords. So, for much of his life, Hawking used a wheelchair to move and a speech-generating device to talk. Proceeds from...
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