Stephen Hawking

Profession: Theoretical Physicist


Brother of Stephen Hawking

Edward

Daughter of Stephen Hawking

Lucy Hawking

Father of Stephen Hawking

Frank Hawking

Favorite Song of Stephen Hawking

Rod Stewart love ballad "Have I Told You Lately"

Mother of Stephen Hawking

Isobel Hawking

Sister of Stephen Hawking

Philippa
Mary

Son of Stephen Hawking

Timothy Hawking
Robert Hawking

Wife of Stephen Hawking

Jane Wilde
Elaine Mason

Affairs/Girlfriends of Stephen Hawking

Jane Wilde (1963-1995)
Elaine Mason (1995-2006)

Awards/Achievements of Stephen Hawking

In 1966, awarded with the Adams Prize.
In 1974, awarded with the FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
In 1978, awarded with the Albert Einstein Award.
In 1982, awarded with the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
In 1987, awarded with the Dirac Medal.
In 1988, awarded with the Wolf Prize.
In 1989, awarded with the Royal Companion of the Honor (CH).
In 2009, awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In 2012, awarded with the Fundamental Physics Prize.
In 2015, awarded with the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award.

Controversies of Stephen Hawking

In 2010, some hardcore religious extremists found his comment controversial when he declared that his latest work shows there was no creator of universe and further said that Science will explain the beginning of the universe.   In 2013, his decision to boycott Jerusalem Conference sparked controversy in Israel.  

Information about Stephen Hawking

He developed visual methods (including seeing equations in terms of geometry), as he gradually lost the ability to write.  From 1979 to 2009, he held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.  Did Stephen Hawking smoke?: Not Known  He pursued his research in the field of Cosmology at the Cambridge under the guidance of Denis Sciama.  He had a close group of friends at the St. Albans High School & with the help of his mathematics teacher, Dikran Tahta; they built a computer from an old telephone switchboard, clock parts and other recycled components.  Stephen incorporated with Intel researchers on systems that could translate his facial expressions and brain patterns into switch activations & finally settled on a word predictor made by- Swiftkey (a London Based Startup).  Gradually, his speech was also deteriorated and to make communication, he received a computer program- Equalizer from Walter Woltsoz (CEO of Words Plus) in 1986.  By 1977, his wife met a Church Choir singer- Jonathan Hellyer Jones who was later romantically involved with her.  At the St. Albans High School, he was inspired by his mathematics teacher- Dikran Tahta.  He was born in Oxford, England (almost 300 years after the death of Galileo).  When Stephen was 8 years old, his family moved to a town- St. Albans (20 miles north of London).  Although, he was not brilliant in studies, he was nicknamed as- Einstein in his school.  At the age of 21 in 1963, while at the Cambridge, Stephen was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)- a motor neuron disease.  In 2007, he experienced weightlessness in a zero-gravity flight.  In 2005, he gradually lost the use of his hands and started controlling his communication devices with the movements of his cheek muscles (with a rate of 1 word/minute).  By 1980s, Stephen got very close to one of his nurses- Elaine Mason and later married her in September 1995.  Stephen was considered very humorous and witty colleague.  After being diagnosed with ALS, Stephen fell into depression as the doctors predicted that he had only 2 years to live, however, he returned to his work with the encouragement of Denis Sciama.  Did Stephen Hawking drink alcohol?: Not Known  His physical abilities declined in the late 1960s.  At the Cambridge, Stephen fell in love with Jane Wilde (a friend of his sister) before the diagnosis of his disease.  Stephen wanted to pursue his academics in Mathematics and his father advised him to study Medicine, however, he chose Physics and Chemistry as at that time it was not possible to read Mathematics at the University College, Oxford.  During the 2nd World War, his parents moved from North London to Oxford as it was considered a safer place to have babies.  He was also a part of the rowing team at the University College, Oxford. 


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