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Stephen Hawking deserves a permanent memorial – this is why Cambridge News is fully behind the plan

Inspirational and much-loved Professor Stephen Hawking left an indelible mark on the world through h..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 20, 2018

Inspirational and much-loved Professor Stephen Hawking left an indelible mark on the world through his scientific discoveries and immense triumph over adversity.

And while he was known across the world, there was only one place he called home – our beautiful city of Cambridge.

The thousands of people who turned out to bid farewell to the professor on King's Parade were a physical manifestation of the city's love for one its greatest minds.

So it is fitting that Cambridge should commission a permanent memorial to Prof Hawking – a reminder to future generations of the power of the human spirit.

It is a chance to do something truly special – a world-class memorial to a man who inspired millions across the world.

The hearse containing Professor Stephen Hawking arrives at King's Parade with huge crowds watching (Image: PA)

The Cambridge News does not often give its public support to an idea or launch a campaign lightly. We only do so when it is a matter close to our readers' hearts.

We discussed the idea internally, which prompted me to make a tentative approach to the council chief executive Antoinette Jackson and council leader Lewis Herbert.

Naturally, we were delighted when Cllr Peter Roberts proposed a motion to the city council for a permanent memorial.

Cllr Roberts and I spoke ahead of the vote, and I committed the support and involvement of the Cambridge News because I believe the professor's huge impact on the world should be recognised.

Cllr Roberts motion was unanimously backed on Thursday night.

Ideas proposed so far have included naming a new railway station at Addenbrookes Hospital after the professor, building a “black hole sculpture” at the Guildhall and permanently mounting a public telescope next to a city path “so anyone walking past can stop and look up at the stars”.

Cllr Peter Roberts told the meeting: “He was an outstanding scientist and a great ambassador for this city. One of the ideas I have heard something about is the idea of putting a telescope on a path so that anyone going past can stop and look up at the stars, like the famous quote."

Cllr Herbert is absolutely right to say this needs to be a collaborative process involving the people of the city, Prof Hawking's university colleagues and his family.

Cambridge News front page on Saturday, April 21, 2018. A Brief History of Time is available to buy from all major booksellers.

The Cambridge News is committed to supporting the city council in making sure the widest possible public involvement.

We've adapted the cover of Prof Hawking's groundbreaking book 'A Brief History of Time' for our Saturday front page to celebrate the idea of this memorial.

Together, let's make sure we create something that reflects Prof Hawking and the love of Cambridge.

Please send us your ideas, in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook or at [email protected]

David Bartlett

Editor-in-chief

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