Mr Sam Blackburn


  • 2006-present: Graduate Assistant to Professor Stephen W. Hawking, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • 2002 - 2005: Acoustics Consultancy work and paid work experience

Current Responsibilities

  • Sam Blackburn makes accessible travel plans for Prof. Hawking, who travels to around 5 countries per year, sometimes for over 2 months at a time. Sam's tasks include lifting the wheelchair into the hold of the plane and ensuring that the medical equipment works safely while airborne.
  • He maintains and periodically upgrades the wheelchair and famously unique speech system used by Prof. Hawking.
  • He is also developing better communication technologies for Prof. Hawking, such as the infrared sensor on his cheek.

Selected Publications