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Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis took more than £ 1 million at auction

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and a copy of his thesis have raised more than £ 1 million at auction.

The famous physicist, who died in March this year, has his personal effects sold at an online auction for nine days.

As well as a signed wheelchair and thesis (one of only five copies), the manuscript for his appearance at the Simpsons animated show was also sold.

Wheelchair Professor Hawking raised £ 296,750 while his thesis entitled Properties of Expanding Universes was taken at £ 584,750. The Simpsons script sells for £ 6,250.

The proceeds from the sale of red leather wheelchairs will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Association of Neurone Motor Diseases.

Stephen Hawking wheelchair sells for £ 296,750 (Getty)

Christie's auction has various other items related to scientists available at auction, including a collection of medals and awards.

According to Professor Hawking's daughter Lucy, the auction gave um an admirer of his work the opportunity to get a memento of our father's extraordinary life in the form of a small selection of evocative and interesting items. '

Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at the age of 22 years and was given two years to live. Even so, he lived to 76 and became famous in the world because of his work in astrophysics.

Simpsons manuscripts sold at auction (Image: Christie 's)

His most famous work, A Brief History Of Time, was published in 1988 and has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into 35 languages.

Physicists recently had their latest book, Short Answers to Big Questions, published posthumously.

Among other things, this book answers the question of whether there is a God, whether intelligent life exists in the universe and if time travel is truly possible.

"Each of us is free to believe what we want, and that is my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God," he wrote, according to The Telegraph.

Scientist Stephen Hawking dies in March (Getty)

"Nobody created the universe and nothing determines fate.

& # 39; This brings me to a deep realization: maybe there is no heaven and the hereafter too. I think belief in the hereafter is only wishful thinking. "

"Big question" Stephen Hawking answered

1. Is there a God?

& # 39; There is no God. Nothing directs the universe. & # 39;

2. How did it all begin?

"In the hot Big Bang."

3. Are there other intelligent lives in the universe?

& # 39; There are intelligent life forms out there. We need to be vigilant to answer back until we have developed a little further. & # 39;

4. Can we predict the future?

& # 39; No and yes. In principle, the law allows us to predict the future but in practice it is too difficult. & # 39;

5. What is in the Black Hole?

& # 39; Falling into a black hole is bad news. If it is a black hole your star mass will be made into spaghetti before it reaches the horizon & # 39;

6. Is the Time Travel Possible?

& # 39; The journey back to the past cannot be ruled out according to our current understanding & # 39;

7. Will we survive on Earth?

& # 39; Tata world now has a future but will be very different. & # 39;

8. Should we colonize space?

& # 39; I hope that in the next hundred years we will be able to travel anywhere in the Solar System & # 39;

9. Will Artificial Intelligence outsmart us?

& # 39; Super intelligent AI will be very good at achieving goals and if those goals are not in harmony with us, we are in trouble. & # 39;

10. How do we shape the future?

"Remember to see the stars and not under your feet."

As well as answering questions, Hawking revealed some of his concerns about the future – especially that the race of super humans could be the fall of us all.

In the book, Professor Hawking stated that he was afraid that rich people would start editing their own DNA and their children to create "super humans". who will be smarter and live longer.

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