WEB DESK: The UK’s Royal Mint Tuesday unveiled a new commemorative 50 pence coin inspired by the late legendary British physicist Stephen Hawking’s seminal work on black holes.
The coin’s release came two days before the one-year anniversary of Hawking’s death on March 14.
The cosmologist and author of ‘A Brief History of Time’ had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease in his 20s and went on to defy all predictions of his lifespan as he made numerous discoveries as a wheelchair-bound scientist being able to speak only through a voice synthesiser.
The coin, on sale in silver and gold forms for a price range between 55 and 795 pounds on the Royal Mint’s website, is a nod to Hawking’s research into black holes and his ability to make science accessible for all.
“This work, which used a tentative unification of Einstein’s theory of general relativity with quantum mechanics, reported that black holes should not be completely black, instead emitting radiation, meaning they evaporate and eventually disappear,” Royal Mint said in a statement.
Hawking, one of the world’s best-known theoretical physicists who died aged 76 last year, joins the ranks of other eminent scientists such Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin to have a commemorative coin in honour of one of his greatest discoveries that black holes should not be all black.