Stephen Hawking – Life
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking was born 8 January, 1942 in Oxford, England. Hawking was the eldest of three children. His parents were both educated at Oxford University, where he too would go on to study cosmology. He met his first wife, Jane Wilde, at the University of Cambridge while attending the graduate programme there.
When Hawking was twenty-one he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. His diagnosis inspired him to focus on his studies, and led him to some of his greatest discoveries. Hawking communicates through a computerized voice generating device, and ambulates with a motorized wheelchair.
Actor Eddie Redmayne won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the 2014 movie “The Theory of Everything.”
Stephen Hawking – Work
As a leading voice in cosmology and the study of theoretical physics, Hawking has been a prolific author. One of his most famous works, “A Brief History of Time,” rocked the scientific world, and was a global bestseller. He is the author of many other books, and countless essays. Hawking has written on the possibility of time travel, on black holes, and more. He has also been an advocate for disability awareness, due to his disease.
Stephen Hawking at Cambridge
Hawking received his PhD from the University of Cambridge at the young age of twenty-three in 1966. He went on to hold the prestigious office of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position once held by Sir Isaac Newton. He retains the position of Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.
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