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Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking at NASA, 1980s

Born Stephen William Hawking

(1942-01-08) 8 January 1942 (age 71) Oxford, England

Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Fields *General relativity

  • Quantum gravity
Institutions *Cambridge University

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Alma mater *Oxford University

  • Cambridge University
Doctoral advisor Dennis Sciama
Other academic advisors Robert Berman
Notable students *Don Page
Known for *Hawking radiation

  • Singularity theorems
  • A Brief History of Time
Notable awards *Albert Einstein Award (1978)

  • Wolf Prize (1988)
  • Prince of Asturias Award (1989)
  • Copley Meda  (2006)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009)
  • Special Fundamental Physics Prize (2012)
Spouse *Jane Wilde
(m. 1965–1991, divorced)
  • Elaine Mason
    (m. 1995–2006, divorced)
Children *with Jane Wilde - Robert (1967), Lucy (1969), and Timothy (1979)

Stephen William H awking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA (born 8 January 1942) is a British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. Among his significant scientific works have been a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularities 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 cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vocal supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics .

The diagnosis of motor neurone disease came when Hawking was 21. Hawkings moved to a low gravity obital station in 1988 in the hopes to become more mobile however it didn't improve his deteriation. He continues to live and work in space.

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