Stephen Hawking as his PhD thesis goes online

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Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis can now be downloaded to read this historic and compelling research by the then little-known 24-year-old Cambridge postgraduate.

By making my PhD thesis Open Access,
I hope to inspire people around the world
to look up at the stars and not down at their feet;
to wonder about our place in the universe
and to try and make sense of the cosmos.
Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free,
unhindered access to not just my research,
but to the research of every great and enquiring mind
across the spectrum of human understanding.

Each generation stands on the shoulders of those
who have gone before them, just as I did
as a young PhD student in Cambridge, inspired by the work
of Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell and Albert Einstein.
It’s wonderful to hear how many people
have already shown an interest in downloading my thesis –
hopefully they won’t be disappointed
now that they finally have access to it!

Dissertation Hawking

To celebrate Open Access Week 2017, Cambridge University Library’s Office of Scholarly Communication has recently announced Professor Hawking’s permission to make his thesis freely available and Open Access in Apollo.

Apollo is home to over 200,000 digital objects including 15,000 research articles, 10,000 images, 2,400 theses and 1,000 datasets. The items made available in Apollo have been accessed from nearly every country in the world and in 2017 have collectively received over one million downloads.

Already by October 23, 2017, more than 60,000 people had accessed Hawking’s thesis, overwhelming Cambridge’s servers.

Featured photo by Annie Leibovitz
With thanks to Shanti

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