Stephen William Hawking
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Stephen Hawking started his school education at the Byron House School. When his family moved to St. Albans, the eight-year-old Stephen had to attend the St Albans High School for Girls for a few months. He then transferred to the St Albans School.
In October 1959, Stephen joined the University College, Oxford to study mathematics and graduated with a first-class BA (Hons.) degree in Natural Science.
In 1962, he joined the Trinity Hall, Cambridge to start his doctoral studies. Stephen wrote his doctoral thesis in 1965 and received a Ph.D. degree in March 1966. His degree was in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics with a specialization in general relativity and cosmology.
Theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, research institute director
- Father – Frank Hawking (Medical Researcher)
- Mother – Isobel Hawking (Secretary)
- Siblings – Philippa Hawking (Younger Sister), Mary Hawking (Younger Sister), Edward Hawking (Adopted Brother)
He doesn’t have a manager.
General Relativity, Quantum Gravity
5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
61 kg or 134.5 pounds
Girlfriend / Spouse
Stephen Hawking has dated –
- Jane Wilde (1964-1995) – Stephen Hawking met Jane Wilde (now an author and educator), who was his sister’s friend shortly after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Stephen was a graduate student at that time at Cambridge. In October 1964, they got engaged, and it was this engagement that gave Stephen a will to live. They got married in July 1965. The couple has three children son Robert (b. May 1967), daughter Lucy (b. 1970) and son Timothy (b. 1979). By mid-1980s, Jane had developed romantic feelings for organist Jonathan Hellyer Jones, whom she had met at a church choir. Hawking allowed that affair to exist as long as Jane still loved him. In the meantime, Stephen had developed affection for one of his nurses, Elaine Mason and told Jane in 1990 that he was leaving her for Mason. Their divorce was finalized in 1995. However, Stephen did get closer to Jane after his divorce from Mason.
- Elaine Mason (1995-2006) – Hawking grew close to his nurse Elaine Mason in the late 1980s. Stephen informed his first wife, Jane that he intended to marry Elaine and, in 1995, a couple of months after his divorce from Jane, he married Elaine. In the early 2000s, Stephen’s family members were worried about him being physically abused. However, police investigations amounted to nothing as Stephen declined to make any official complaint. Later, his family members and close friends were excluded from his life. Stephen finally divorced Mason in 2006.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Scottish descent on his mother’s side.
- ALS induced paralysis disability
- His high-tech wheelchair
His body measurements may be –
- Chest – 37 in or 94 cm
- Arms / Biceps – 11 in or 28 cm
- Waist – 30 in or 76 cm
In 2016, Stephen Hawking starred in a cool James Bond type TV advert for the automobile giant, Jaguar for their F-Pace car.
Best Known For
- His paralysis disability that has left him wheelchair-bound.
- His bestselling book, A Brief History of Time.
Stephen Hawking has appeared in a lot of TV movies and documentaries.
His first theatrical film was comedy thriller film Big Nothing in 2006 as Professor Stephen Hawking (Special Thanks).
First TV Show
As an actor, Stephen’s first TV show appearance was in Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993 as himself in just 1 episode.
Stephen doesn’t exercise and his diet plan is not known.
Stephen Hawking Favorite Things
His favorite things aren’t known.
Stephen Hawking Facts
- While in high school, Stephen along with his close friends and under the guidance of mathematics teacher built a computer using old telephone switchboard, clock parts, and recycled components.
- After completing his graduate studies and before starting his doctoral work, Stephen Hawking took a trip to Iran along with a close friend.
- Hawking was diagnosed with the motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and initially, doctors said that he would live for just two years.
- In 1985, during a visit to CERN, Hawking contracted an extreme case of pneumonia and his condition was so dire that doctors asked his wife whether they should turn off life support system at the hospital.
- After he went down with pneumonia in 1985, the doctors had to perform the tracheotomy, which completely removed his already waning speech.
- Stephen Hawking is one of the few Britons to have won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian award given by US government.
- Stephen Hawking has collaborated with his daughter Lucy to write series of children’s fiction books, revolving around the scientific adventures of a group of friends.
- His first book, A Brief History of Time was published in 1988 and went on to stay for more than 4 years on London Sunday Times bestseller list.
- He relies on the movement of single cheek muscle to generate words through the speech generation machine, which uses the mechanism similar to one used by smartphones to guess words and phrases.
- In 2002, Hawking was ranked #25 in the list of “100 Greatest Britons” by BBC via online polling.
- Visit his official website @ hawking.org.uk.
- Connect with Stephen on Facebook.