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Science News Roundup: Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sell for $1 million, Scientists angry at UK visa denials

A motorized wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction on Thursday for almost 300,000 pounds ($391,740.00) while a dissertation raised nearly twice that at a sale to raise money for charity.


Devdiscourse News Desk Last Updated at 10-11-2018 18:41:49 IST
Science News Roundup: Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sell for $1 million, Scientists angry at UK visa denials
  • Scientists in Britain expressed concern on Thursday after at least 17 delegates from Africa and Asia wanting to attend a health conference in London were denied visas. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

A motorized wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction on Thursday for almost 300,000 pounds ($391,740.00) while a dissertation raised nearly twice that at a sale to raise money for charity. Famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe, Hawking died in March at the age of 76 after spending most of his life confined to a wheelchair with motor neurone disease.

Scientists angry at UK visa denials for African, Asian researchers

Scientists in Britain expressed concern on Thursday after at least 17 delegates from Africa and Asia wanting to attend a health conference in London were denied visas. Peter Piot, a Belgian-born microbiologist who was part of a team that discovered the Ebola virus in the 1970s and is now director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, was among those protesting against restrictive criteria for granting short-term business visas.

(With inputs from Reuters)

(With inputs from agencies.)


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