Since his passing, The News has been determined to ensure Stephen Hawkings legacy is forever captured in the city through a public memorial.
In our view, a man of Hawkings stature within the city and industry would warrant recognition in the form of a public memorial.
Discussions have already taken place within the city council at the prospect of naming a new train station at Addenbrooke's hospital after him; 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”.
Another proposal from designer Karl Meyer involves an inverse fountain where the water swirls, orbiting a central hole to disappear forever. Some of his famous quotes could be engraved around the edge. Creating the impression of a black hole.
All three ideas would be a perfect tribute to a man who embodied and captured the spirit of the city, and the idea seems to have support from people on the streets of Cambridge today (April 23).
'Very Important to the University of Cambridge'
Prof Hawking's impact in Cambridge was felt mostly at the University, and a number of students spoke warmly about the importance of keeping his spirit alive within the campus.
Matt Alderton, 18, a student at Magdalene College said: “ I think its very important not just to (Gonville &) Caius College, but also to the University of Cambridge and the scientific community at large, and I think a public memorial would show the respect to the people of Cambridge, and the world had for the developments he made for the scientific community.”
Stephen Hawking's funeral
The comments were echoed by Selwyn College student Cody Walker, 28, who said: “Hes contributed a lot to society, especially in Cambridge.
"This is really like his hometown if you will, and I think it would be a great honour for him and everyone in Cambridge for people to see his legacy.”
Darwin College student Sam, 21, talked about how he remained a key pillar in the community throughout his life: “A lot of my friends in their accommodation lived next door to him. He was quite nice in a humble way.
"He didnt live in some secluded mansion elsewhere he was very much in the centre here with us.”
An inspiration that transcended the city and the world
While Cambridge was the mainstay of Prof Hawkings working and academic life, students and staff from other universities are also fully behind the prospect of a Hawking memorial.
Antonio Coco, 31, a tutor at St Peters College Oxford said: “If anything, he showed that science could be cool, and you could be revered for doing science which is usually considered quite boring.
"Instead he probably merged the public aspect, and the research aspect very well”
Morgan Holmes, 22 a student at Kent University added: “Hes done a lot for science. Hes a great guy, and not only that; what hes overcome with his disability as well.”
Chris, also 22, currently studying at the University of Helsinki, added: “If he didnt live here after he worked he it wouldnt have mattered as much, but as a part of the city he deserved to be recognised.”
Remembering Stephen Hawking
Perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring things about Hawking was the way he tackled his disability, and the citys residents have warmed to this as a major reason as to why he should get a memorial.
Matt Walker, 19, A warehouse worker in St Ives said: “Definitely deserves a memorial in my view. The amount he has contributed to science.
"Even with his disability hes still gone out and done everything he can. He lived a top quality life, and I think he definitely deserves a memorial”.
“Hes one of the things that makes Cambridge Cambridge really, and without him Cambridge wouldnt be Cambridge.”
Patrick Wage, 59, echoed the comments, saying: “Yes I do support giving him a memorial. I think it would be an excellent idea. I think he was an amazing man, and (lived) a remarkable life.”