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Thursday, October 1, 1998 Published at 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK


£7.5m library gift for Cambridge

Professor Stephen Hawking's papers will be stored in the new library

The most advanced science and technology library in Europe is to be built at Cambridge University with a donation of £7.5m from microchip magnate Dr Gordon Moore.

It will house the papers and electronic archive of Professor Stephen Hawking, including an early draft of his best-selling book A Brief History Of Time.

The university already holds the papers of scientists including Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

[ image: Dr Gordon Moore: $12.5m donation]
Dr Gordon Moore: $12.5m donation
Dr Moore, joint founder of the microchip company Intel, and his wife Betty have pledged $12.5m (£7.5m) to the university's development office in the United States.

He is not the first American to make a significant donation to Cambridge - Microsoft's billionaire owner, Bill Gates, has already made a multi-million pound donation to the university.

Dr Moore said: "The University of Cambridge has a long history of doing leading research into some of the most fundamental questions that mankind can ask.

"I find this exciting and uplifting and am pleased to contribute where I can."

The university's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Alec Broers, said: "Gordon and Betty Moore's gift is a remarkable act of personal philanthropy."

The university says the new library will combine the old with the new to provide state-of-the-art electronic retrieval services, as well as more traditional reference materials.

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