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Stephen William Hawking (1942-), Theoretical Physicist

Sitter in 10 portraits
Mathematician and theoretical physicist. Since 1979 Hawking has been Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a post famously held by Sir Isaac Newton. His early research on relativity led him to study the Big Bang, the creation of the universe and black holes. He has a progressive neuromotor disease , amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He uses a wheelchair and speaks through an electronic voice synthesizer. Hawking continues to work and has produced several best-selling books including A Brief History of Time (1988), Black Holes and Baby Universes (1993) and The Universe in a Nutshell (2001). His life is the subject of a 2014 film, The Theory of Everything.

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Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
oil on canvas, 1985
NPG 5799


Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(1)


Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(2)


Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(3)


Stephen William Hawking

by David Gamble
colour print, 1988
NPG P632


Stephen William Hawking

by Juliet Van Otteren
bromide print, 1991
NPG P489


Stephen William Hawking

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1999
NPG P758(4)


Stephen William Hawking

by Frederick George Rees Cuming
oil on board, 2005
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6764


Stephen William Hawking

by Denis Waugh
C-type colour print, September 1978
NPG x134846


Stephen William Hawking

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 1 March 1984
NPG P1884


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