Stephen Hawking Facts

Stephen Hawking Facts
Stephen Hawking is a British author, cosmologist, and theoretical physicist. He was born Stephen William Hawking on January 8th, 1942 in Oxford, England to Isobel, a secretary, and Frank Hawking, a medical researcher, both former students at the University of Oxford. Stephen has two younger sisters and an adopted brother. While a student at Cambridge, Stephen met and married Jane Wilde. During this time he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. It has since made him almost completely paralyzed. Despite his physical limitations Stephen Hawking is highly successful, and is the bestselling author of the book A Brief History of Time.
Interesting Stephen Hawking Facts:
When Stephen Hawking was in grade school he had some of the worst marks in his class, and was known to be a slacker.
Stephen Hawking's fascination with how things work began when he was a child.
Despite Stephen Hawking's poor marks his teachers often referred to him as 'Einstein'.
Stephen's family could not afford to send him to Oxford without a scholarship, and when it was time to write his scholarship exams Stephen aced them. His mark on the physics exam was almost perfect.
While at Oxford Stephen chose to study cosmology even though at the time it was not considered to be a very legitimate field.
Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane had three children together including Robert, Lucy, and Timothy.
Stephen Hawking has put a great deal of his focus on black holes, and devising theories into their behavior.
Stephen Hawking has written children's books with his daughter Lucy including George's Secret Key to the Universe (2007), George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt (2009), and George and the Big Bang (2011).
Stephen Hawking has written books with the intention of making his work more accessible to more people. These books include The Universe in a Nutshell, A Briefer History of Time, and the children's book George's Secret Key to the Universe.
Some of Stephen Hawking's most popular publications include Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other and Other Essays (1993), On the Shoulders of Giants (2002), God Created the Integers (2005), The Grand Design (2010), and My Brief History (2013).
Stephen Hawking has made cameo appearances on television shows including The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, and Futurama and in movies including Hawking, Stephen Hawking: Profile, Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe, and The Real Stephen Hawking.
Stephen Hawking has won many awards including the Pius XI Gold Medal for Science by Pope Paul VI, the Albert Einstein Award, and the Royal Society's Hughes Medal.
Stephen Hawking was made a Commander of the British Empire in the 1980s.
In 2009 Stephen Hawking was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the United States.
Stephen Hawking holds 12 honorary degrees.
Stephen and his first wife Jane divorced in 1995. Stephen married Elaine Mason in 1995 and they later divorced in 2006.
Stephen Hawking's book A Brief History of Time was on the British Sunday Times bestseller's list for 237 weeks.
Stephen Hawking's most notable work includes his book A Brief History of Time (1988), for the Penrose-Hawking singularity theorems, and for the Hawking radiation theory.

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