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It was first endowed in 1663 at Cambridge as a result of a gift from Henry Lucas, a governmental representative from the area encompassing the university. The holder of the chair was appointed a full professor at Cambridge, and was granted a stipend generated by revenue from land also donated by Lucas, as well as access to the full library of Lucas (some 4,000 volumes) and the papers of all preceding occupiers of the position.

An honored position, the chair had been held by many of the most noted mathematicians and physicists in Earth history, including Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking.

Hawking was the current holder of the Lucasian Chair when he appeared as his holographic self in TNG: "Descent".

This text is information from the real world. It was not mentioned in the episode.--Memphis77 (talk) 03:27, February 19, 2016 (UTC)

I think the fact that a Star Trek actor has held the chair absolutely deserves a background note, and in fact am confident enough about that to put it back. If that's not ok, please say so so that we can discuss it further. -- Capricorn (talk) 03:40, February 19, 2016 (UTC) Huh, turns out you've made an edit making that unnescesary in the time I wrote this. Nevermind, haha -- Capricorn (talk) 03:45, February 19, 2016 (UTC)