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Stephen Hawking makes surprise visit to Bournemouth
ONE of the greatest minds of our time, Professor Stephen Hawking, caused a real stir when he paid a surprise visit to Bournemouth Pier.
The world-renowned cosmologist, physicist and Director of Research at the University of Cambridge rose to fame after publishing his popular science best-seller A Brief History Of Time.
Professor Hawking was met with adulation by Bournemouth rangers, tourists and science enthusiasts on Tuesday when he was shown around the seafront.
Bournemouth Ranger Ben Hiscock who posed for a picture with the 71-year-old theoretical physicist said: “We were at the office on the beach when we got the call saying – ‘you’ll never guess who’s here’.
So four of us rushed over straight away and spoke to Professor Hawking and some of his carers.
“It was such a surprise to see him in Bournemouth.
“Lots of people were showing an interest because he’s such a famous scientist.”
Professor Hawking was given just two years to live when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21. The celebrated scientist has fought back against the disease for 50 years and sold more than 10 million copies of his best-seller worldwide. Luqman Ahmed, 21, who works at Bournemouth Pier, said it was likely Professor Hawking was visiting Bournemouth seafront to watch the launch of the Wheels Festival.
He said: “I think he probably came down to watch the launch of the International Wheels Festival.
“Lots of people were talking about having seen him.
“It was probably quite a thrill for lots of people.”
“I really respect him because of the interest he has shown recently in humanitarian issues.”
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