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Overview (3)

Born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Birth NameStephen William Hawking
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as Stephen William Hawking. He is an actor, known for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), The Big Bang Theory (2007) and A Brief History of Time (1991). He was previously married to Elaine Mason and Jane Hawking.

Spouse (2)

Elaine Mason (16 September 1995 - 2006) (divorced)
Jane Hawking (14 July 1965 - 1995) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (3)

His computerized voice box for communicating
Often makes philosophical predictions regarding astrophysics
His work often focuses on black holes

Trivia (26)

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1982 Queen's Honours List for his services to science.
In 1978, he received an honorary B.A. degree from Oxford University and a Ph.D from Cambridge (1981), Notre Dame (1982) and New York University (1982). He received a First Class honours degree from Oxford (1962) and a Ph.D from Cambridge (1966).
He was born exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo.
He was awarded the Companion of Honour in the 1989 Queen's Honours List for his services to science.
He has been awarded many honorary degrees and is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.
He occupies the same post, as Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, as was earlier occupied by Sir Isaac Newton.
He acquired (the incurable) amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) in the early 1960s. Can now barely move or talk...but can yet think. And humankind continues as beneficiary of this man's brilliance.
He appeared as guest star in a Star Trek episode, and asked the crew to make a tour of the Enterprise. When he saw the warp drive, he said "I'm working on that...".
He is a big fan of Star Trek (1966) and the only person ever to play himself in any Star Trek film or series. He is also a fan of Doctor Who (1963) and Red Dwarf (1988).
He has played himself in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), The Simpsons (1989), Futurama (1999) and The Big Bang Theory (2007).
He and his first wife, Jane Wilde, had three children: Robert (b. 1967), Lucy (b. 1969) and Timothy (b. 1979).
He has one grandchild.
Hawking is a big fan of Marilyn Monroe. His 60th birthday celebration included an appearance by a Marilyn Monroe impersonator.
He was not a particularly good student until he started studying science in school.
Hawking has been portrayed by actors including Benedict Cumberbatch (in the 2004 TV movie Hawking) and Eddie Redmayne (in The Theory of Everything). Hawking has appeared as himself in shows including "The Big Bang Theory," "The Simpsons," and "Star Trek: The Next Generation".
His electronic voice was used in Pink Floyd's song "Keep Talking" from their 1994 album "The Division Bell".
He is mentioned in the song "Real Love" by Yes from their 1994 album "Talk".
He has admitted to having been quite lazy in his youth and notes that during his four years at Oxford, he did about 1000 hours of work (equating to about an hour-and-a-half for each day.) This earned him the ire of his teachers. At the end of his four years, the deans weren't sure if he deserved a first-class or second-class degree, due to the quality of his work. Hawking said that a first-class degree would get him into Cambridge; otherwise he'd have to stay at Oxford for his graduate work. The deans gave him a first-class degree.
Due to the American accent on his voice synthesizer, many people have no idea that he is really British. He has said he would like to replace it with a synthesizer with a British accent, but he has become so synonymous with his current one that he knows he can't.
He has an Erdös-Bacon-Sabbath number of 8, which ties him with Karl Schaffer for the lowest known EBS number on the planet.
He featured in television commercials for Jaguar autos in the UK in 2016.
He is widely regarded as one of the world's most brilliant theoretical physicists.
His ideas have transformed human understanding of the cosmos.
He provided voice work in Pink Floyd's song "Talkin' Hawkin", released on their final album in 2014. He previously collaborated with the band in the track "Keep Talking", released 20 years earlier.
Despite his extraordinary intellect, he is unaware of his IQ score and has no interest in finding out, expressing a dim view of people who boast about Theirs.
His birthday is two days after that of Eddie Redmayne, who played him in The Theory of Everything (2014). When Redmayne pointed this out, saying they're both Capricorns, Hawking replied "I'm an astronomer, not an astrologist.".

Personal Quotes (13)

I think that computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is, and why it exists at all.
Some of our greatest catastrophes have been caused by people talking, and some by people not talking.
[from A Brief History of Time (1991)] Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
[from "A Brief History of Time" (1989)] However, if we discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable by everyone, not just by a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for then we should know the mind of God.
By the age of fourteen, I knew I wanted to do Physics because it was the most fundamental of the sciences.
Women. They are a complete mystery.
However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
[on the Star Trek warp engine] I'm working on that.
The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

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