HAWKING, Stephen & Leonard Mlodinow. The Grand Design. (BEARING THE BLACK INK THUMB PRINT OF HAWKING - 2011)


AUTHOR: HAWKING, Stephen & Leonard Mlodinow. 

TITLE: The Grand Design.

PUBLISHER: London: Bantam Books, 2011.

DESCRIPTION: BEARING THE BLACK INK THUMB PRINT OF HAWKING. 1 vol., later printing, paperback, illustrated.  Hawking’s thumb print appears to a clear area at the base of the half title page alongside a black ink annotation signed by his nurse, Patricia Dowdy, stating "This is the right thumb print of Professor Stephen Hawking – witnessed by Patricia Dowdy RN" and dated 6th December 2015 in her hand. Rare in this form. 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patricia Dowdy was employed as a nurse to Stephen Hawking for a total of eight years between 1999-2004 and 2013-16. Dowdy was suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in March 2016 and in March 2019 was struck off the nursing register after she had been found to have failed in providing appropriate care to Hawking.