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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. From the 1960s Hawking has suffered from a progressive neuromotor disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), causing him severe disability. He uses a wheelchair and speaks through an electronic voice synthesizer. He continues to work and has produced several best-selling science books including A Brief History of Time (1988), Black Holes and Baby Universes (1993) and The Universe in a Nutshell (2001).

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5799

Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
oil on canvas, 1985
NPG 5799

6802(1)

Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(1)

6802(2)

Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(2)

6802(3)

Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(3)

P632

Stephen William Hawking

by David Gamble
colour print, 1988
NPG P632

P489

Stephen William Hawking

by Juliet Van Otteren
bromide print, 1991
NPG P489

P758(4)

Stephen William Hawking

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

6764

Stephen William Hawking

by Frederick George Rees Cuming
oil on board, 2005
NPG 6764

x134846

Stephen William Hawking

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

P1884

Stephen William Hawking

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