Stephen Hawking’s left behind quite a legacy when he died, including boxes of scientific papers and personal letters. Those items are now being archived and Cambridge is seeking help.
Stephen Hawking’s left behind quite a legacy when he died in March 2018. Included among some of the things he left behind were 160 boxes of various written materials, including scientific papers and personal letters.
Inside of the collection are shows that Hawking’s guest-starred on, including The Simpsons and Star Trek. There is also a story that he wrote about pirates to his father when he was only six years old.
As far as scientific papers are concerned, there are some treasures inside of these boxes. One of them is a note that went along with a paper sent to the journal Nature in 1974 dealing with black holes.
He said: “As rumours about my work have begun to spread, I feel that it is necessary to publish something as soon as possible. If you feel that the paper is too long for Nature I would be grateful if you would return it immediately so that I can submit it elsewhere.”
In order to catalog all of this material, Cambridge has announced that they will be hiring an archivist. According to the job listing, the person who is hired would go through about 10,000 pages to “arrange, describe, audit the physical condition, rehouse, and review” what is available.
In order to be considered for the job, which pays up to $56,000 per year, you will have to have some archiving experience. You also need to live and work in the UK, as you will be working out of the Cambridge University library. The application is available online.