The auction includes one of five existing copies of Hawking's 1965 Cambridge University Ph.D. thesis, "Properties of Expanding Universes," which carries an estimated price of 100,000 pounds to 150,000 pounds ($130,000 to $195,000).
"There is probably no heaven and afterlife either. I think belief in an afterlife is just wishful thinking. There is no reliable evidence for it, and it flies in the face of everything we know in science," Stephen Hawking wrote.
In Delhi we took Stephen around, first to the Jantar Mantar about which he displayed great curiosity and the Qutub Minar which he had not heard about either. I told him that this tower has been rated above Giotto’s Campanile in Florence.
Subimal Das used fiber glass, silicon, marble eye, artificial hair, and glass as well. The cloth has been tailored to perfection and the USP of the statue is his trademark wheelchair. Some finishing touches are left and the sculpture will be complete.
Members of the public have been invited to apply for tickets to attend a celebration of Hawking's life at a memorial service in Westminster Abbey on June 15 where his ashes will be interred alongside the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
Scientist Stephen Hawking, who passed away on Wednesday, was so impressed by the mathematical skills of Indians during his India visit that he told the then President K R Narayanan, "Indians are so good at mathematics and physics."