19/01/2012 14:21 GMT

Stephen Hawking Exhibition Launches At London Science Museum

Professor Stephen Hawking, who celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this year, will be celebrated with an exhibition at the Science Museum in London.

The new display will delve into the life of the eminent professor to explore his thoughts and achievements.

Featuring specially commissioned photography, and objects and papers from his own archives, the exhibition will fill a large part of The Science Museum, which Professor Hawking describes as "one of my favourite places".

The display will feature Professor Hawking’s scientific work and let visitors listen to audio, specially recorded for this exhibition by the man himself.

The show encourages visitors to reflect on the relationship between Hawking’s scientific achievements, particularly the work that established his reputation in the 1960s and ‘70s, and his immense success in popularising astrophysics.

In an interview with New Scientist magazine ahead of his 70th birthday, Hawking was asked what he thinks about most during the day.

"Women," he replied. "They are a complete mystery".

Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, and was expected to live for just a few years.

Since his diagnosis Hawking has gone on to become one of the world's most famous scientists, both for his academic work on black holes and his books including A Brief History Of Time, which has sold more than 10m copies since 1988.

The display opens on Friday 20 January, will run until 13 April 2012 and entry is free.