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Rare Photos Of Young Stephen Hawking and Interesting Facts About this Brilliant Man

Ian Smith

“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, “ said the man who helped us to understand the universe and that there is a chance of multiple universes.

Persistent in his pursuit of knowledge Stephen Hawking has unlocked new doors of discovery and inspired people around the world.  Born in Oxford, England on January 8, 1942, Stephen Hawking showed interest and passion about science from an early age.

At seventeen he entered Oxford University, and in 1962 Hawking moved to Cambridge University for PhD in Cosmology. One year later,  at age 21 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive motor neuron disease, where the victim looses functionality of muscles. Despite Stephen Hawking lost the use of all his muscles, his mind left untouched and keen,  he has done a flawless work in cosmology and wrote books that make understanding the universe more accessible to everyone.

 

Scientist Stephen Hawking as a toddler.

Stephen Hawking as a toddler.

Stephen Hawking was born on the 300th anniversary of the death of Galileo Galilei. Coincidence?

23-year-old Hawking married Jane Wilde.

23-year-old Hawking married Jane Wilde.

When he was diagnosed with ALS at age 21,  doctors told him that he had only 2 years to live, well jokes on them.

A young Stephen Hawking fishing on a boat.

He may be one of the greatest minds now, but Hawking was an average student and received mediocre grades at school, once he calculated that he spent around one hour per day on school work.As a matter of fact, when he was 9 years old, his grades ranked among the worst in class.

Hawking as a young man at university

Hawking as a young man at university

Stephen Hawking loved Mathematics since he was a toddler but had a huge aversion to Biology. Hawkings’ father Frank had an ambition for his son to study Medicine. However, Stephen showed no interest in studying biology, he thought that this subject is “too inexact, too descriptive.”

Hawking in the sixties with his first wife Jane.

Hawking in the sixties with his first wife Jane.

He was married to  Jane Wilde whom he met during his PhD days in Cambridge. They were married for 25 years and divorced so Hawking could marry his second wife Elaine Masson. Jane Wilde wrote a book   “Traveling to Infinity” reveling details from the intimate life of the beautiful mind and her “personal trauma,” the book was later adapted in a biographic  movie “The Theory of Everything.”

Hawking on his wedding day to first wife Jane Wilde.

Hawking on his wedding day to first wife Jane Wilde.

His book A Brief History of Time  was published in 1988  and have sold in 8 million copies, the book gave him worldwide fame and recognition.

Stephen Hawking (1942)

Stephen Hawking (1942)

Stephen Hawking is also a children’s book author. With his daughter Lucy Hawking, in 2007  wrote the “George’s Secret Key to the Universe.” This book is a great way to educate kids on physics and explain difficult scientific concepts through fun and amusing fiction.

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.  Stephen Hawking

To prove his theory on black holes he retracted the father of modern physics Albert Einstein, he once quoted “Einstein was wrong when he said, “God does not play dice.” Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen.”

Stephen Hawking as a child with a bike in the snow

Stephen Hawking as a child with a bike in the snow

Stephen Hawking is one of the most popular physicist of all time in terms of public appearance. He has done numerous guest star appearance of himself in popular TV Shows like: The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek:  The Next Generation, The Simpsons, The Tonight Show etc.

 

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rex Features (598370c)  Stephen Hawking at his Oxford University graduation.  Stephen Hawking

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rex Features (598370c)
Stephen Hawking at his Oxford University graduation.
Stephen Hawking

As a child, Stephen Hawking attended an all girl school for one period when his father had to move in St.Albans,UK for work.

 

Stephen-Hawking-Oxford-Coxswain

Stephen-Hawking-Oxford-Coxswain

During his Oxford days Hawking faced isolation and depression, so to get out of this “black hole,” he joined the rowing team. However, even before his disability he was not much of an athlete, so he was recruited to be a coxswains- a person who controls steering and stroke rate.

Stephen Hawking Date 17 05 1963

Stephen Hawking Date 17 05 1963

He is  very recognizable about his witty answers on dull questions and sharp sense of humor. Once he quoted   “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”

Stephen Hawking the early years.

Stephen Hawking the early years.

From an early age Hawking showed interest in how stuff worked. He would repeatedly disassembled radios and clocks to discover their mystery, often he would break them during the process, because he wasn’t good in putting them back together. His father nicknamed him  “Little Einstein.”

Stephen Hawking with his future wife Jane

Hawking believes in possibility of Aliens. During the  NASA’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2008, Hawking was invited to speak and had mentioned his opinions on this subject.

Sthephen Hawking

Hawking is a big fan of zero gravity, he was among the first with his disability to test out a plane that can send a plane near space.

Portrait of a young Stephen Hawking.

Portrait of a young Stephen Hawking.

His speech synthesizer generates American accent while Hawking is British. In fact the Stephen Hawking voice from the computer is copyrighted.

Sources: Biography, : Hawking, HowStuff Works, abcnews, Telegraph, Daily Mail,