[Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)].

A collection of Hawking’s medals and awards, comprising:

The Eddington Medal awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society, 1975. 9 carat gold, maker’s mark in oval, ‘JP’, 1970, diameter 45mm. Portrait of Sir Arthur Eddington on the obverse, with the motto ‘Quicquid nitet notandum’; the reverse incised ‘Arthur Stanley Eddington Medal / Awarded to Stephen W. Hawking / 1975’; in a box by John Pinches, London. The medal was awarded jointly to Hawking and Roger Penrose in 1975: Hawking’s first major honour.

The Institute of Physics James Clerk Maxwell Medal for outstanding early-career contributions to theoretical physics, 1976. Bronze, diameter 65mm. Portrait of Maxwell on the obverse; the edge incised ‘1976 Stephen William Hawking’; in a box by John Pinches, London.

The Albert Einstein Award for achievement in the natural sciences, in memoriam Lewis and Rosa Strauss, [1978]. The edge incised ‘Medallic Art Co. 14k’, diameter 76mm. Obverse with a portrait of Einstein, reverse incised ‘Stephen W. Hawking’; in a box by Medallic Art Co.

Medal of the Albert Einstein Society, Bern, [1979]. Bronze, diameter 80mm. Portrait of Einstein on the obverse; the reverse incised ‘Prof. Dr. S. Hawking’; in a box by Huguenin Le Locle. Awarded for ‘scientific findings, works, or publications related to Albert Einstein’: Hawking was the first recipient.

Gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1985. 9 carat gold, 1983, maker’s mark ‘DJG’, diameter 48mm. Obverse with a bust of Newton with the motto ‘Nubem pellente mathesi’, the reverse with a depiction of Herschel’s telescope and the motto ‘Quicquid nitet notandum’, the edge incised ‘Stephen W. Hawking 1985’; in a box by the Royal Mint.

The Britannica Award presented by Encyclopedia Britannica for the dissemination of knowledge, [1989]. The edge incised ‘1988 Medallic Art Co. – Danbury, CT. 14k gold’, diameter 64mm. The reverse incised ‘Stephen W. Hawking’; in a wooden box by Medallic Art Co.

Medal of the Society of Arts Manufactures and Commerce, 1999. 9 carat gold, maker’s mark ‘RLH’, diameter 57mm, original medal designed by Leonard Charles Lyon. Obverse with a portrait of Prince Albert, the edge incised ‘1999 Professor Stephen Hawking for making physics more accessible and understandable’; in a box by the Royal Mint.

Provenance: the estate of the late Professor Stephen Hawking.

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