Stephen Hawking: British scientist honoured with new 50p coin

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 14, 2019

Hawking died a year ago at the age of 76.

Britain's Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) made the ruling at a hearing where Patricia Dowdy, 61, faces multiple misconduct charges over her care of the professor - who died previous year - including financial misconduct, not providing appropriate care and not having the correct qualifications.

"As the public rightly expects, in serious cases such as this - where a nurse has failed in their duty of care and has not been able to (provide) evidence to the panel that they have learned from their mistakes and be fit to practise - we will take action", said the NMC's Matthew McClelland.

Prof Hawking explained black holes in his best-selling book A Brief History Of Time.

The new 50p coin pays tribute to Stephen, as well as his work on black holes with the spiral design.

She said she wanted to reflect the way he "made hard subjects accessible, engaging and relatable", in particular on black holes.

One side of the coin features an image of a black hole with the scientist's name inscribed above it, while the reverse is an image of Queen Elizabeth II.

Hawking's discovery led scientists to the unavoidable conclusion that information is lost as a black hole forms and subsequently evaporates.

People can buy the commemorative coins from the Royal Mint's website, with prices starting at £10 for a brilliant uncirculated version, climbing to £795 for a gold proof coin.

With this coin, Stephen Hawking becomes one of an elite group of scientists to have been honoured on United Kingdom coins, alongside the likes of Charles Darwin in 2009 and Sir Isaac Newton in 2017.

This also implies a way to make black holes less black through the emission of a weird kind of radiation, a finding that Hawking proudly counted as one of his landmark contributions to science.

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