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[HAWKING, Stephen (1942-2018)]. University College, Oxford trophy oar from the 1960 Eights race.
[HAWKING, Stephen (1942-2018)]. University College, Oxford trophy oar from the 1960 Eights race.
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[HAWKING, Stephen (1942-2018)]. University College, Oxford trophy oar from the 1960 Eights race.

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[HAWKING, Stephen (1942-2018)]. University College, Oxford trophy oar from the 1960 Eights race.

Oar length: 366cm; blade: 82 x 16cm (at wide end). Made by E. Ayling & Sons of Putney. Names of the rowers, their weights, and bumps results in gold lettering on the blade, including: 'Cox: S.W. Hawking..10st.2lbs'. Provenance: C.D. Sayers, Hawking's crewmate.

'I took up coxing and rowing. I was not Boat Race standard but I got by at the level of inter-College competition' (Stephen Hawking, October 1987). Hawking's first year at Oxford was somewhat unfulfilling: he found the work almost unbearably easy and struggled to immerse himself in college life. Yet, with characteristic determination, he threw himself into his second year with renewed gusto, joining the University College Rowing Club as a cox for the second boat, where he became a popular crew member, a part of the raucous social whirl that surrounded the college sporting societies. The college boatman Norman Dix recalled Stephen's daredevil manner of steering the boats – which often resulted in damaged oars – adding: 'Half the time I got the distinct impression that he was sitting in the stern of the boat with his head in the stars, working out mathematical formulae'.
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