A Brief History of Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was one of the world’s best physicists along with Einstein. He died on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at the age of 76. He’s most famous for discovering that black holes emit radiation, which can be detected using special instrumentation.

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January 8th 1942- Stephen Hawking was born

1952- Attends St Albans school

1959- Gets scholar ship to Oxford University, which he graduates with a degree in natural science

Begins to research cosmology at Cambridge University

1963- Diagnosed with ASL

1965- Marries his first wife Jane Wilde

1967- Their first son Robert is born

1970- Their second child Lucy is born

1974- Elected as a fellow of the Royal Society

1979-There third child Timothy is born

1979- Becomes Lucasian professor of mathematics

1988- Publishes ‘Brief History of Time’

1989- Made a companion of honour by Queen Elizabeth ii

1995- Marries his nurse Elaine Mason

2007- Divorces Elaine Mason

2014- His life is celebrated with the Oscar winning biopic ‘The Theory of Everything’

2018- He passed away

Hawking’s work has played a key part in children’s education of Science. Mr O’Brien, Head of Science at Penrice, Mr La Borde and Mr Round tells of Hawking’s impact:

“He was the public face of science for masses, and brought science to the attention of the people.” Mr La Borde

“He was an inspiration for the disabled community and showed people it was possible to overcome any barrier in front of them.” Mr Round

“He completely revolutionised our understanding of space and time. He had a fantastic sense of humour and was able to communicate really complex scientific ideas in a really engaging manner.” Mr O’Brien

“I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.” Stephen Hawking