UK Royal Mint unveils new 50p coin inspired by Stephen Hawking’s Phenomenal contribution

NewsBharati    13-Mar-2019

London, Mar 13: Stephen Hawking is an inspiration for many young scientists. Hawking’s academic work scaled new heights and is a passion with black holes drove his work. Inspired by his phenomenal work, the scientist has been celebrated by the UK’s Royal Mint on a 50 pence coin.


A commemorative 50 pence coin has been made in the memory of him and to celebrate his life. Royal Mint stated that the design was inspired by his pioneering work on black holes. The coin represents his work on black holes with concentric circles with Hawking’s most famous equation.


The scientist, who devoted his life to unraveling the mysteries of the universe. He battled motor neuron disease for the majority of his life, which forced him to use an electronic voice synthesizer.

Hawking's research into black holes and radiation shaped modern cosmology and helped ordinary people better understand the universe. His book, A Brief History Of Time, sold 10 million copies and was translated into 40 different languages.

On this occasion, The Royal Mint said, "This work, which used a tentative unification of Einstein's theory of general relativity with quantum mechanics, reported that black holes should not be completely black, instead of emitting radiation, meaning they evaporate and eventually disappear."

Nicola Howell, director of the consumer at the Royal Mint said, “We are very pleased to honor Stephen Hawking on his own coin.“As one of the world’s most brilliant physicists, he was a great ambassador for science.

Further, she added, “His popularisation of science and breakthrough work on black holes stand as great achievements and significant contributions to humanity.”


Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. His scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation.

Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He was a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

He died on 14 March 2018 (aged 76) Cambridge, England.