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Stephen William Hawking

Current Location:: Oxford, England
Birthplace: Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Frank Hawking and Isobel Eileen Hawking
Ex-husband of <private> Hawking (Wilde) and <private> Hawking (Mason)
Father of Private User; Private User and Private User
Brother of Mary Hawking; Private User and Edward Frank David Hawking

Occupation: Theoretical physicist, cosmologist
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Stephen William Hawking

Stephen William Hawking CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA (born 8 January 1942) is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009 and has achieved commercial success with works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general; his book A Brief History of Time appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

Hawking suffers from a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as motor neurone disease in the UK, that has gradually paralysed him over the decades. He now communicates using a single cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device. Hawking married twice and has three children.

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January 8, 1942
Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK