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'Strangest Clock On Earth' Unveiled At Cambridge

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    Physicist Stephen Hawking has unveiled a revolutionary clock with no hands or numbers.

    The £1million Corpus Clock has taken a team of specialist engineers seven years to create and will stand outside the library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

    Designed by inventor and horologist John Taylor, a student at the college in the 1950s, it has been described as the strangest clock on earth.

    It features a series of slits cut into its 4ft wide stainless steel face and a complex arrangement of darting lights show the time.

    Professor Hawking, who is a Cambridge professor and the author of A Brief History of Time, was guest of honour at a ceremony to mark the creation of the clock.

    "It's a wonderful idea," said Alan Midleton, curator of the British Horological Institute. "Only time will tell whether it will become as famous as Big Ben - I doubt it, actually."

    University officials said Dr Taylor was giving the clock, which will be visible to the public, to the college.